In 2019, he was elected Honorary Fellow at Trinity College, Oxford. [31][32][33], "the event horizon" was written in 2019 to commemorate the opening of The Oglesby Centre, an extension to Hallé St Peter's, the Halle orchestra's venue for rehearsals, recordings, education and small performances. For silver-swallow swords, eat fire. Further mainstream collections are: 2019 saw publication of Armitage’s new version of Hansel and Gretel illustrated by Clive Hicks-Jenkins (Design for Today) which originated as the puppet opera Hansel and Gretel (A Nightmare in Eight Scenes) and toured the UK in 2018. Subsequently, Northumberland National Park’s Sill Arts Programme commissioned Armitage to write six new poems for the Poems in the Air project. The poetic script of Black Roses was published in full by Pomona in 2012. In 2011 Armitage wrote the BBC Radio 4 docu-drama Black Roses: The Killing of Sophie Lancaster, about the murder of Sophie Lancaster and with the full co-operation of the Sophie Lancaster Foundation. [27][28][29][30], Armitage wrote "Ark" for the naming ceremony of the British Antarctic Survey's new ship RRS Sir David Attenborough on 26 September 2019. mobile 619-944-9247 In just 15 years, Monroe amassed 33 acting credits, became a sex symbol, and had more than a few Hollywood romances. The follow-up publication, Walking Away, also made the Sunday Times best-seller list for non-fiction. Along the route he stopped to give poetry readings, often in exchange for donations of money, food or accommodation, despite the rejection of the free life seen in his 1993 poem "Hitcher", and has written a book about his journey, called Walking Home.[9]. Simon Armitage, Poet Laureate, chooses the eight tracks, book … The poetry collection Still premiered at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival and has been published in partnership with Enitharmon Press. Armitage has received numerous awards for his poetry including the Sunday Times Young Author of the Year, one of the first Forward Prizes, an Eric Gregory Award, a major Lannan Award, a Cholmondeley Award, the Spoken Word Award (Gold), the Ivor Novello Award for song-writing, BBC Radio Best Speech Programme, Television Society Award for Documentary and Keats-Shelley Prize for Poetry. This landmark event is generally recognised to be the biggest coming together of international poets in history. fax 845-677-6446 Simon was born in Baby Boomers Generation (1963). Armitage’s translation of the medieval poem Pearl was published in 2016 and won the 2017 PEN America Award for Poetry in Translation. [20], In 2019 he was commissioned by Sky Arts to create an epic poem and film 'The Brink' as one of 50 projects in 'Art 50' looking at British Identity in the light of Brexit. Armitage wrote the script for the puppet opera Hansel and Gretel (A Nightmare in Eight Parts) which toured with Goldfield Productions in 2018. his bloody life in my bloody hands. In 2012, it opened as a stage play at Manchester’s Royal Exchange and has since been produced as a BBC film, directed by Sue Roberts. His first full-length collection of poems, Zoom!, was published in 1989 by Bloodaxe Books. He is also professor of poetry at the University of Leeds and succeeded Geoffrey Hill as Oxford Professor of Poetry when he was elected to the four year part time appointment from 2015–2019. Developed in collaboration with Professor Tony Ryan at the University of Sheffield, it used air-cleansing nanotechnology embedded in a 10m by 20m (33ft x 66ft) poster-poem which was attached to the side of a city-centre university building. 4.3 out of 5 stars 47. Both are published by Faber & Faber. [9][10] In October 2017 he was appointed as the first Professor of Poetry at the University of Leeds. The opera’s narrative poem was published in 2019 by Design for Today with illustrations by Clive-Hick-Jenkins, who designed the puppets. In Praise of Air was the world’s first catalytic poem. This page was last edited on 5 January 2021, at 23:45. Simon Armitage was born in Marsden, a village in West Yorkshire, England. 8. 4. Tiger King and a bloody mary: Hilary Mantel, Simon Armitage and other writers on lockdown life. The prize is to be run by the Poetry School. From 2010 to 2012, Armitage worked with letter-carver Pip Hall and landscape designer Tom Lonsdale on the Stanza Stones project hosted by Ilkley Literature Festival. MA 01061 by Simon Armitage | 28 May 2009. The Death of King Arthur, a further translation, was published by Faber and Norton in 2011. He shoots a looter as a response to orders, but is unsure whether the man was armed or not. The poems are a response to six aerial or panoramic photographs of battlefields from the archive of the Imperial War Museum in London. We will continue to update information on Simon Armitage’s parents. For over ten years, Armitage has been a regular guest on The Mark Radcliffe Show, first on BBC Radio 1, then BBC Radio 2 and more recently on the Radcliffe and Maconie Show on BBC Radio 6 Music. "[45][46], In March 2020 Armitage launched a podcast, The Poet Laureate Has Gone To His Shed, also broadcast on BBC Radio 4. As a post-graduate student at Manchester University, his MA thesis concerned the effects of television violence on young offenders. Graham Short, a micro-engraver, meticulously carved the entire 51-word poem clearly onto a facsimile of a cancer treatment tablet. He is a graduate of Portsmouth University, where he studied Geography. Clive-Hicks Jenkins’ work went on to win the V&A Illustration Award 2020 for Book Illustration. Simon Armitage was born in 1963 in the village of Marsden and lives in West Yorkshire. [2] He is also professor of poetry at the University of Leeds and succeeded Geoffrey Hill as Oxford Professor of Poetry when he was elected to the four year part time appointment from 2015–2019. made a Poetry Book Society Choice, 1998 Yorkshire Post Book of the Year for All Points North, 2004 Fellow of Royal Society for Literature, 2005 Spoken Word Award (Gold) for The Odyssey, 2006 Royal Television Society Documentary Award Winner for Out of the Blue, 2008 The Not Dead (C4, Century Films) Mental Health in the Media Documentary Film Winner, 2010 Seeing Stars made a Poetry Book Society Choice, 2012 The Death of King Arthur made Poetry Book Society Choice, 2015 Honorary Doctor of Letters, University of Leeds, Flit - (Poetry and photographs by Simon Armitage, Published by Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 2018, 40th anniversary edition), Hansel and Gretel - (A new narrative poem by Simon Armitage, illustrated by Clive Hicks-Jenkins, Published by Design for Today, 2019). mobile 619-944-9247 They released their debut album 'Call in the Crash Team' in 2020. In 2009 and 2010, Armitage presented films for BBC4 on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and on Arthurian literature. Anya Backlund Those who walk a Life Path with Number 5 have an uncanny ability to understand the deepest esoteric & metaphysical teachings. Black Roses and the work of the Sophie Lancaster Foundation contributed significantly to a change of UK legislation in the reporting of hate crime against sub-cultures. A life in writing: Simon Armitage 'Poems that wave flags, campaign and crusade often fall flat on their arse. 2nd floor, 40 Rosebery Avenue, Simon Robert Armitage, CBE, FRSL (born 26 May 1963) is an English poet, playwright and novelist who was appointed Poet Laureate on 10 May 2019. Many of Armitage's poems appear in the AQA (Assessment and Qualifications Alliance) GCSE syllabus for English Literature in the United Kingdom. Armitage, Simon - Life ... Simon Armitage was born in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire in 1953. [40][41], As of December 2020[update] Armitage is working with Brian Hill on a documentary with the working title Where Did The World Go?, which "examines life and loss in lockdown and binds the whole narrative with a new, overarching poem from Armitage". In 2000, he was the UK's official Millennium Poet and went on to judge the 2005 Griffin Poetry Prize, the 2006 Man Booker Prize for Fiction and the 2010 Manchester Poetry Prize. Guests included Testament, Maxine Peake, Lily Cole, Antony Gormley, Sam Lee, Melanie Plimmer, Jackie Kay, Laura Ashe, and Chris Packham; the programme broadcast on 27 May was made while self-isolating during the COVID-19 pandemic. Armitage’s theatre plays include Mister Heracles, a version of the Euripides play The Madness of Heracles; Jerusalem, commissioned by West Yorkshire Playhouse; The Last Days of Troy, commissioned by Manchester Royal Exchange, and The Odyssey: Missing Presumed Dead, a 2015 English Touring Theatre and Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse co-production. A new revised edition lavishly illustrated by British artist Clive Hicks-Jenkins was published by Faber & Faber (2018). Eliot Prize. http://www.skyartsart50.tv/projects/thebrink/, For National Poetry Day on 1 October 2020, BT commissioned him to write "Something clicked", a reflection on lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic. Previously, he taught at the University of Leeds, the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop and Manchester Metropolitan University before his 2011 appointment as Professor of Poetry at the University of Sheffield and Visiting Professor at the University of Falmouth. [6] During what his wife Sue described as "a bit of a mid-life crisis", Armitage and his college friend Craig Smith founded the band The Scaremongers. Armitage’s many contributions to BBC Radio 4 include his co-hosting of Armitage and Moore’s Guide to Popular Song and his role as a reviewer for the weekly arts programme Front Row. Simon Armitage was born in 1963 and educated at Colne Valley High School. He was appointed UK Poet Laureate in 2019 Armitage's poetry collections include Book of Matches (1993) and The Dead Sea Poems (1995). His primary income source is from being Poet. Black Roses: The Killing of Sophie Lancaster was published by Pomona in 2012. Wry as ever. The poster absorbed more than two tonnes of air pollution before it was turned into multiple artworks and sold in aid of charity. The film The Brink (2019), written and performed by Simon Armitage, was created for Art 50 to explore British identity and meditate on the relationship between Britain and Europe. Armitage is the first poet laureate who is also a DJ. Armitage’s earlier dramatisation of The Odyssey, commissioned by the BBC, was broadcast on Radio 4 in 2004 and released on CD through BBC Worldwide. His works were widely anthologized and have been broadly popular. Of all the public places, dear to make a scene, I’ve chosen here. kirsty@morgangreencreatives.com Armitage first studied at Colne Valley High School, Linthwaite, Huddersfield and went on to study geography at Portsmouth Polytechnic. Contact. [42], In November 2019 Armitage announced that he would donate his salary as poet laureate to create a new prize for a collection of poems "with nature and the environment at their heart". [11] In 2019 he was appointed Poet Laureate for ten years, following Carol Ann Duffy.[12]. Simon Armitage, in full Simon Robert Armitage, (born May 26, 1963, Huddersfield, Yorkshire [now in Kirklees], England), British poet, playwright, and novelist whose poetry is attuned to modern life and vernacular language and has been regarded as both accessible and revelatory. Propolis published New Cemetery in 2018. Enquiries: hawkridgeagency@gmail.com, USA The Hawkridge Agency Few other writers match him in accolades: in the thirty years since he was first published, he has been awarded the Forward Poetry Prize, the Keats-Shelley prize, the Hay Medal, and his reworking of The Death of King Arthur was shortlisted for the prestigious T.S. In 2019 Armitage became poet laureate of Great Britain. [26], On 21 September 2019 he read his poem "Fugitives", commissioned by the Association of Areas of Natural Beauty, on Arnside Knott, Cumbria, in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act, during an event which included the formation of a heart outlined by people on the hillside. Simon’s next birthday is in . He was born in London, where he lives with his wife and three sons. While working on the medieval poem The Owl and the Nightingale he invited a series of guests to visit him in his garden writing-shed. Publications of this type include The Anaesthetist (Prospero Poets, 1994), The Not Dead (Pomona Press, 2008), Out of the Blue (Enitharmon, 2008) and the pamphlet The Motorway Service Station as Destination in its Own Right (Smith/Doorstep Books, 2009). Poet Laureate Simon Armitage, broadcaster Vick Hope, Catherine Mayer on the loss of her husband Andy Gill, a listener stuck for 9 days on Mont Blanc and Skin's Inheritance Tracks. 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