Poet laureate

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Amanda Gorman says she has declined around $17m in deals since inauguration
The American poet will grace Vogue’s May issue and spoke about being conscious of ‘taking commissions that speak to’ her

Priya Elan

07, Apr, 2021 @10:08 PM

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Amanda Gorman signs modeling contract after star turn at inauguration
Already a fashion sensation, the 22-year-old joins IMG Models, the same agency as Gigi and Bella Hadid

Priya Elan

27, Jan, 2021 @8:56 PM

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British Library apologises for linking Ted Hughes to slave trade
The poet had been wrongly included among more than 300 figures whose collections were associated with wealth obtained from colonial violence

Alison Flood

25, Nov, 2020 @1:13 PM

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‘There’s no such thing as a socially distanced mosh pit’: artists on the thrill of the crowd
Poet laureate Simon Armitage and comedian Lolly Adefope love the buzz of performance. Here’s what we’re all missing

Simon Armitage and Lolly Adefope

27, Jun, 2020 @8:00 AM

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'I came face to face with Dennis Nilsen': poet laureate Simon Armitage
The former probation officer tells Desert Island Discs of the time he was in ‘a tiny room’ with the serial killer

Vanessa Thorpe

10, May, 2020 @5:55 AM

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Lockdown: Simon Armitage writes poem about coronavirus outbreak
Poet laureate says society may emerge from the pandemic ‘slightly slower, and wiser, at the other end’

Alison Flood

21, Mar, 2020 @6:00 AM

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Cracking the whip on a cruel horse racing practice | Brief letters
Brief letters: Horse racing | Brains and computers | Marmalade treats | Misheard hymn | Poetry headquarters | Boris’s withdrawal agreement

Letters

03, Mar, 2020 @6:33 PM

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Simon Armitage plans national 'headquarters' for poetry in Leeds
Poet laureate lays out ideas to give the country an official home for the practice, in line with other ‘national art forms’

Alison Flood

27, Feb, 2020 @12:01 AM

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Poet laureate Simon Armitage launches 'ambient post-rock' band
LYR sets Armitage’s spoken vocals to music from Richard Walters and Patrick Pearson. A debut album is due in spring

Alison Flood

07, Feb, 2020 @7:01 AM

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The advantage of life in the slow train | Brief letters
Brief letters: Virgin Trains | Letters | Partridges | Christmas hits | Election break | Poetry

Letters

12, Dec, 2019 @6:25 PM

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Simon Armitage: ‘Nature has come back to the centre of poetry’
The poet laureate’s new prize for a collection that focuses on the environment highlights a crisis that can no longer be ignored, plus an exclusive new poem

Alison Flood

21, Nov, 2019 @6:00 AM

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The language of politics is 'shallow and threadbare', says poet laureate
Simon Armitage criticised politicians’ use of cliches in a discussion about ‘truth’, this year’s theme for National Poetry Day

Alison Flood and Jade Cuttle

03, Oct, 2019 @5:10 AM

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