Simon Armitage

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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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Future Utopia review – grime’s silent partner Fraser T Smith turns up the volume
The super-producer to Stormzy, Dave and Kano showcases his solo album, with Kojey Radical and Simon Armitage among his eclectic guests

Kitty Empire

26, Jun, 2021 @1:00 PM

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Decades review – it’s curtain up to terror and rage from Simon Armitage and Maxine Peake
The poet and actor are among six writers whose short monologues span the theatre’s 50 years – from the Yorkshire Ripper to a post-lockdown future

Catherine Love

23, May, 2021 @11:01 PM

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Poet laureate Simon Armitage publishes elegy for Prince Philip
The Patriarchs – An Elegy deliberately avoids the sycophancy Philip hated, the poet says, and is instead ‘in service of all people like him’

Sian Cain

16, Apr, 2021 @11:01 PM

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Leeds Playhouse marks 50 years with dramas rolling back the decades
Alice Nutter, Simon Armitage and Maxine Peake will contribute to season offering a ‘northern perspective’ on how life has changed since the 1970s

Chris Wiegand

15, Apr, 2021 @5:00 AM

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The week in radio: Songs of the Sky; Lighting the Beacon; Front Row; The Sleeper and the Spindle
The northern lights have never sounded so good; rhyme met reason in Front Row’s excellent poetry special; and a fairytale cast for Neil Gaiman

Susannah Clapp

02, Jan, 2021 @5:00 PM

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‘I’m more optimistic’: poet laureate Simon Armitage tells of Britain’s great ordeal
The writer has blended music, dance and words into a film tracing the pandemic

Vanessa Thorpe

27, Dec, 2020 @7:45 AM

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David Constantine wins Queen's gold medal for poetry
Poet laureat Simon Armitage, a previous winner, praised the humanity of the author’s work ‘noticing and detailing the ways of the world’

Alison Flood

18, Dec, 2020 @1:25 PM

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'A dangerous first step': Simon Armitage among poets to blast GCSE decision
Poet laureate joins Michael Rosen and Imtiaz Dharker to criticise Ofqual announcement that poetry will be optional next year

Alison Flood

08, Aug, 2020 @6:00 AM

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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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Florence Pugh and Simon Armitage record lockdown poem together
Collaboration is a recording of the poet laureate’s Lockdown set to music, with proceeds donated to the domestic abuse charity Refuge

Mark Brown

14, May, 2020 @4:00 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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