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​English | Poet and novelist Simon Armitage named Poet Laureate

Published on: 14-May-2019

Fresh from being awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry 2018, English poet and novelist Simon Armitage has been named the Poet Laureate.

The tenure of the Poet Laureate is a decade long, and promotes poetry and captures a wider view of British life. The poet laureate is an honorary position that is officially appointed by the Queen, acting on advice from the government.

Simon Armitage visited NTU last year where he conducted a Creative Writing Masterclass and gave a lecture on "Bob Dylan's Prize Performance: The Blurred Lines Between Song Lyric and Lyric Poetry". He was also a short-term writer in residence at the invitation of the School of Humanities.

One of the most accomplished and important poets of the present day, Simon Armitage has published over a dozen prize-winning poetry collections, most recently The Unaccompanied (2017), a Poetry Book Society Choice. His translated works include the acclaimed translation of Sir Gawain and the Green  Knight and the medieval poem, 'Pearl', which won the 2017 PEN America Award for Poetry in Translation. He is the author of three non-fiction titles, All Points North, Walking Home, and Walking Away; works for television and radio; and dramatisations of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey which were performed at Shakespeare's Globe in London. In 2015, Simon Armitage was elected Oxford Professor of Poetry, a four-year term. He is currently Professor of Poetry at the University of Leeds.


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