Simon Armitage

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Simon Armitage savours spring ‘ecstasy and melancholy’ on World Poetry Day
Poet laureate celebrates a plum tree in poem commissioned by the National Trust for its blossom campaign

Tobi Thomas

21, Mar, 2023 @6:00 AM

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Leeds 2023: city to kick off year-long festival with ‘epic’ opening ceremony
Organisers plough on with plans after Brexit meant Leeds missed chance to be European capital of culture

Robyn Vinter

07, Jan, 2023 @6:00 AM

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‘Something for everybody’: Dua Lipa joins Margaret Atwood on Hay festival 2023 lineup
Pop star and Booker prize winner will both appear at the literary festival in Wales next year along with rock duo the Proclaimers and poet laureate Simon Armitage

Sarah Shaffi and Lucy Knight

13, Dec, 2022 @12:00 PM

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What connects The Bear star Ebon Moss-Bachrach and poet Simon Armitage?
By a series of cunning connections involving Lena Dunham and Forward prize winner Caleb Femi, we speed all the way from a Chicago diner to the UK poet laureate

Larry Ryan

05, Nov, 2022 @1:00 PM

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Poet laureate honours Queen Elizabeth II with new work, Floral Tribute
Simon Armitage’s poem, which spells out the late monarch’s name acrostically, pays homage to ‘a promise made and kept for life’

Lucy Knight

12, Sep, 2022 @11:01 PM

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Poem of the week: Last Hope by Ben Wilkinson
This version of a sonnet by the French symbolist poet Paul Verlaine has a down-to-earth lyricism recalling Philip Larkin’s

Carol Rumens

30, May, 2022 @9:28 AM

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Royal family shares poem in tribute to the late Prince Philip by poet laureate
The Patriarchs – An Elegy shared via royal social media accounts on first anniversary of Duke of Edinburgh’s death

Jenn Selby

09, Apr, 2022 @4:04 PM

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Verses in solidarity with those under fire | Brief letters
Brief letters: A poem for Ukraine | Artists turned war heroes | Swearing at snails | On the road in Herefordshire | Zaghari-Ratcliffe freed


16, Mar, 2022 @5:24 PM

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Poet laureate Simon Armitage writes Ukraine war poem Resistance
Armitage calls his piece a ‘refracted version of what is coming at us in obscene images through the news’

Harriet Sherwood Arts and culture correspondent

11, Mar, 2022 @10:21 AM

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Ode to a Twitter spat: Simon Armitage and John Tiffany’s bird play
Poet laureate joined by theatre director to stage reading of medieval poem The Owl and the Nightingale

Simon de Bruxelles

21, Feb, 2022 @10:45 AM

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Pomp, circumstance and very bad poetry | Brief letters
Brief letters: Jubilee poems | Royal bias | Lisztomania | Subpostmasters

18, Feb, 2022 @6:01 PM

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The best recent poetry – review roundup
The Owl and the Nightingale, translated by Simon Armitage; Winter Recipes from the Collective by Louise Glück; Deep Wheel Orcadia by Harry Josephine Giles; Five Books by Ana Blandiana; The sea is spread and cleaved and furled by Ahren Warner

Fiona Sampson

01, Oct, 2021 @11:00 AM

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