Simon Armitage

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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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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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