Armitage has written for over a dozen television films and, with director Brian Hill, pioneered the docu-musical format which lead to such cult films as Drinking for England and Song Birds. [57] Armitage is the lead singer of LYR, a band he is in alongside Richard Walters and Patrick J Pearson. 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. For his commitment and achievements in literature, Armitage has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by the University of Portsmouth, the University of Huddersfield, the Open University, Sheffield Hallam University and Leeds University. To enquire: philippa@davidgodwinassociates.co.uk, Media Enquiries Simon Armitage is the current national Poet Laureate (2019-2029). Other BBC radio plays include The Raft of the Medusa (2014) and Orpheus (2015). Throughout his career, Armitage has continued to work with smaller and specialised poetry presses. Life and career Simon Armitage was born in Marsden, West Yorkshire. Each poem was carved into stones at various sites along the South Pennine watershed between Marsden and Ilkley. [49], In April 2020, in a short interview on the BBC 6 Music show Guy Garvey's Finest Hour, Armitage chose the track "Stanlow" by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, taken from their 1980 album Organisation. In 2007 he released an album of songs co-written with the musician Craig Smith, under the band name The Scaremongers. Their video has a sound track of the poem being read by Mark Addy, while the words also appear on screen. Around this time he began writing poetry more seriously,[6] though he continued to work as a probation officer in Greater Manchester until 1994. In 2004 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. [51] He is married to radio producer Sue Roberts. It’s not as if I’m holding out It was repeated soon after its original transmission and became the most re-requested of any programme on BBC Radio 4 in 2010. [13], Armitage also writes for radio, television, film and stage. In 2004 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. [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. CloudCuckooLand was short-listed for the Whitbread Poetry Prize. His works were widely anthologized and have been broadly popular. He was a postgraduate student at the University of Manchester, where his MA thesis concerned the effects of television violence on young offenders. With the help of local expert Tom Lonsdale and letter-carver Pip Hall, the poems were carved into stones at secluded sites. Enquiries poetlaureatecontact@gmail.com, USA Armitage wrote a sequence of six poems, In Memory of Water. Armitage’s translation of the medieval poem Pearl was published in 2016 and won the 2017 PEN America Award for Poetry in Translation. 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He is characterised by a dry Yorkshire wit combined with "an accessible, realist style and critical seriousness. Armitage wrote the script for the puppet opera Hansel and Gretel (A Nightmare in Eight Parts) which toured with Goldfield Productions in 2018. His primary income source is from being Poet. "Northern's new suicide prevention campaign asks the people of Manchester: "All Right? 845 - 677 - 8559 Like many famous people and celebrities, Simon Armitage keeps his personal life private. 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. He also contributes to Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour (BBC Radio 6 Music). Enquiries: hawkridgeagency@gmail.com, USA Armitage first studied at Colne Valley High School, Linthwaite, Huddersfield and went on to study geography at Portsmouth Polytechnic. Simon Armitage was born on May 26, 1963 in Marsden, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England as Simon Robert Armitage. 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. Wry as ever. He has received numerous awards for his poetry, including The Sunday Times Author of the Year, a Forward Prize, a Lannan Award, and an Ivor Novello Award for his song lyrics in the Channel 4 film Feltham Sings. Simon Armitage’s mother’s name is unknown at this time and his father’s name is under review. [34], "Ode to a Clothes Peg" celebrates the bicentenary of John Keats' six 1819 odes of which Armitage says "Among his greatest works, the poems are also some of the most famous in the English Language. Paperback Finding himself jobless after graduation, he decided to train as a probation officer, like his father before him. For silver-swallow swords, eat fire. Armitage’s highly acclaimed translation of the Middle English classic poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight was commissioned by Faber & Faber in the UK and Norton in the US. Simon’s next birthday is in . They released their debut album 'Call in the Crash Team' in 2020. As part of Britain’s 2012 Cultural Olympiad and while Artist in Residence at London’s Southbank, Armitage conceived and curated Poetry Parnassus, a gathering of world poets and poetry from every Olympic nation. The opera’s narrative poem was published in 2019 by Design for Today with illustrations by Clive-Hick-Jenkins, who designed the puppets. [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". 5. He is the author of five stage plays, including Mister Heracles, a version of Euripides' The Madness of Heracles. DGA (David Godwin Associates) In 2010, Armitage walked the 264-mile Pennine Way, walking south from Scotland to Derbyshire. With Lauren Laverne. 1 /1 Simon Armitage: My life in travel. A life in writing: Simon Armitage 'Poems that wave flags, campaign and crusade often fall flat on their arse. Simon Armitage was born in 1963 in the village of Marsden and lives in West Yorkshire. Song Birds was screened at the Sun Dance Film Festival in 2006. The Scaremongers released their first album, Born In A Barn (Corporation Pop Records) in 2009; the same year they featured on BBC 2’s Culture Show and played Latitude Festival. [17], For the Stanza Stones Trail, which runs through 47 miles (76 km) of the Pennine region, Armitage composed six new poems on his walks. 4.3 out of 5 stars 47. [53] Continuing in both her father's and grandfather's tradition, she is a member of the National Youth Theatre and a singer. A few years ago, a new graveyard opened just up the road from the poet laureate’s … Eliot Prize. Tiger King and a bloody mary: Hilary Mantel, Simon Armitage and other writers on lockdown life. For his commitment and achievements in literature, Armitage has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by the University of Portsmouth, the University of Huddersfield, the Open University, Sheffield Hallam University and Leeds University. 4. Of all the public places, dear to make a scene, I’ve chosen here. Of all the doorways in the world to choose to sleep, I’ve chosen yours. He is a graduate of Portsmouth University, where he studied Geography. 5 turns the mystical into the norm. [19], In 2016 the arts programme 14–18 NOW commissioned a series of poems by Simon Armitage as part of a five-year programme of new artwork created specifically to mark the centenary of the First World War. The Dead Sea Poems was short-listed for the Whitbread, the Forward Poetry Prize and the T. S. Eliot Prize. Simon Armitage’s birth sign is Gemini. Those who walk a Life Path with Number 5 have an uncanny ability to understand the deepest esoteric & metaphysical teachings. Armitage has served as a judge for the Forward Prize, the TS Eliot Prize, the Whitbread Prize, the Griffin Prize, and the Man Booker Prize 2006. He was also a regular contributor to BBC 2’s The Review Show. Until 1994 he worked as a Probation Officer in Greater Manchester. [6] Armitage first studied at Colne Valley High School, Linthwaite, and went on to study geography at Portsmouth Polytechnic. The book version, Homer’s Odyssey – A Retelling, is published by Faber and Faber (2006) in the UK and by Norton in the US. 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]. The prize is to be run by the Poetry School. In just 15 years, Monroe amassed 33 acting credits, became a sex symbol, and had more than a few Hollywood romances. 4.7 out of 5 stars 4. He produced a dramatised version of Homer's Odyssey and a collection of poetry entitled Tyrannosaurus Rex Versus The Corduroy Kid (which was shortlisted for the T.S. This landmark event is generally recognised to be the biggest coming together of international poets in history. 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. His work also appears on CCEA's GCSE English Literature course. Armitage is the first poet laureate who is also a DJ. As a post-graduate student at Manchester University, his MA thesis concerned the effects of television violence on young offenders. Walkers in the area can now use the Poems in the Air mobile phone app to unlock the opportunity to hear each poem at the site which inspired it. His father Peter is a former electrician, probation officer and firefighter who is well known locally for writing plays and pantomimes for his all male panto group, The Avalanche Dodgers. He won the 2017 PEN America Award for Poetry in Translation and was awarded the 2018 Queens Gold Medal for Poetry. Black Roses: The Killing of Sophie Lancaster was published by Pomona in 2012. 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. 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). 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. He is a writer and composer, known for Last Words (2017), Songbirds (2007) and Drinking for England (1998). [50], Armitage lives in the Holme Valley, West Yorkshire, close to his family home in Marsden. mobile 619-944-9247 [6][56] He is a massive music fan, especially of The Smiths. Prior to mainstream publication, Armitage published several limited edition pamphlets with small and local poetry presses, all now highly collectable. Simon Armitage was born in Marsden, a village in West Yorkshire, England. [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. Out Of The Blue was commissioned by Channel 5 to commemorate the fifth anniversary of 9/11 and was performed by Rufus Sewell. by Simon Armitage - translator, Simon Armitage, et al. The Manhunt Lyrics. In 2019, he was elected Honorary Fellow at Trinity College, Oxford. [24][25], Armitage wrote "All Right" as part of Northern train operator's suicide prevention campaign for Mental Health Awareness Week. his bloody life in my bloody hands. PO Box 461, Armitage first studied at Colne Valley High School, Linthwaite, Huddersfield and went on to study geography at Portsmouth Polytechnic. Remains by Simon Armitage, reprinted by permission of Pomona Books. This week, he presents Art 50, an ambitious four-part series on Sky Arts that showcases 50 artistic interpretations of what being British means in 2019, from the likes of poet Simon Armitage and musician Nitin Sawhney. Enquiries: anya@blueflowerarts.com, Poet Laureate [16] He is a vice president of the Poetry Society and a patron of the Arvon Foundation. "[35], On 12 January 2020 Armitage gave the first reading of his poem "Astronomy for Beginners", written to celebrate the bicentenary of the Royal Astronomical Society, on BBC Radio 4's Broadcasting House. In 2009 and 2010, Armitage presented films for BBC4 on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and on Arthurian literature. 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[11] In 2019 he was appointed Poet Laureate for ten years, following Carol Ann Duffy.[12]. [8], He has lectured on creative writing at the University of Leeds, the University of Iowa, and was senior lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University. Eliot Prize), both of which were published in July 2006. His other prose work includes the best-selling memoir All Points North, (Penguin 1998) which was The Yorkshire Post Book of the Year. Flit (2018) comprises 40 poems and photographs by Armitage, who returned to YSP as poet in residence throughout 2017, its 40th anniversary year. Saturday Night (Century Films, BBC2, 1996) – wrote and narrated a fifty-minute poetic commentary to a documentary about night-life in Leeds, directed by Brian Hill. 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. We will continue to update information on Simon Armitage’s parents. Simon Armitage Simon Armitage's brilliant, hilarious, deadpan memoir of a lifetime's worth of gigs From punk to mod to New Romantic, and eventually to acclaimed poet, Simon Armitage writes about a life where music and poetry have been core. In 2004 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. 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. He shoots a looter as a response to orders, but is unsure whether the man was armed or not. 6. MA 01061 Simon Armitage ruling planet is Mercury. [9][10] In October 2017 he was appointed as the first Professor of Poetry at the University of Leeds. It received Gold at the 2005 Spoken Word Awards. [47][48], In May 2020 Armitage was the guest on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs. Clive-Hicks Jenkins’ work went on to win the V&A Illustration Award 2020 for Book Illustration. The poetry collection Still premiered at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival and has been published in partnership with Enitharmon Press. Many of Armitage's poems appear in the AQA (Assessment and Qualifications Alliance) GCSE syllabus for English Literature in the United Kingdom. Seeing Stars was short-listed for the TS Eliot Prize and was a Poetry Book Society Choice. Simon Armitage’s most popular book is Walking Home: A Poet's Journey. From 2009 to 2012 he was Artist in Residence at London's South Bank, and in February 2011 he became Professor of Poetry at the University of Sheffield. He is married to Sue Roberts. Simon Armitage was born in 1963 and educated at Colne Valley High School. He smiles then. He has made literary, history and travel programmes for BBC Radio 3 and 4; and since 1992 he has written and presented a number of TV documentaries. The libraries are to be selected in alphabetical order: in March 2020 he is to visit places or libraries with names starting with "A" or "B" (including the British Library[44]), and so on until "W", "X", "Y" and "Z" in 2029. Simon Armitage was born on May 26, 1963, in the village of Marsden, in West Yorkshire, England. He earned a BA from Portsmouth University in geography, and an MS in social work from Manchester University, where he studied the impact of televised violence on young offenders. This page was last edited on 5 January 2021, at 23:45. The Death of King Arthur, a further translation, was published by Faber and Norton in 2011. [52] Emmeline won the 2017 SLAMbassadors national youth poetry slam for 13-18-year-olds. [6][7], He wrote his first poem aged 10 as a school assignment. The values are adventure, movement, change. Give me the poetry, every time. In 2019 Armitage became poet laureate of Great Britain. The poster absorbed more than two tonnes of air pollution before it was turned into multiple artworks and sold in aid of charity. [54], He is a supporter of his local football team, Huddersfield Town, to whom he makes many references in his book All Points North (1996). was a Poetry Book Society Choice. The Shout, a book of new and selected poems was published in the USA in 2005 by Harcourt and shortlisted for the US National Book Critics’ Circle Award. Armitage has written two novels: Little Green Man (Viking, 2001) and The White Stuff (Viking, 2004). EC1R 4RX He comments: "The letter X will be interesting – does anywhere in the UK begin with X? [8], His first poetry collection was called Human Geography (1988). 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. Propolis published New Cemetery in 2018. 3. [14] He was commissioned in 1996 by the National Theatre in London to write Eclipse for the National Connections series, a play inspired by the real-life disappearance of a girl in Hebden Bridge, and set at the time of the 1999 solar eclipse in Cornwall. Armitage edited with Robert Crawford The Penguin Anthology of Poetry from Britain and Ireland Since 1945 (Penguin, 1998) and edited with Tim Dee The Poetry of Birds (Viking 2009). 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. Simon Armitage is one of very few contemporary poets who has, through his verse, become a household name. "[45][46], In March 2020 Armitage launched a podcast, The Poet Laureate Has Gone To His Shed, also broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Its energy is that of Experience. Kid was short-listed for the Whitbread Poetry Prize and was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. His first full-length collection of poems, Zoom!, was published in 1989 by Bloodaxe Books. Armitage was awarded the CBE for services to poetry in 2010 and presented with the Hay Medal for Poetry at the 25th Hay Festival in 2012. MA 01061 The Twilight Readings (2007) is an illustrated publication of Armitage’s first residency at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP). Poet Simon Armitage, whose "witty and profound" work spans sharp observations about modern life and classical myths, is to be the UK's next Poet Laureate. Simon Armitage’s life path number is 5. The Universal Home Doctor was also short-listed for the T.S. 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