Simon Armitage, poet and Visiting Professor at Falmouth University
Since his first collection was published in 1989. Simon Armitage’s poetry has won numerous awards, including the Forward Prize and the Keats-Shelley Poetry Prize. His most recent collection is Seeing Stars (2010). At the 2012 Hay Festival, Simon was presented with the Hay Medal for Poetry, with the festival’s director, Peter Florence, describing him as “the finest poet writing in the English Language today”. Simon is also the author of two novels and a best-selling memoir, All Points North. His non-fiction book, Gig: The Life and Times of a Rock-Star Fantasist, documents his life-long passion for popular music and his role as lead singer and lyricist with the band The Scaremongers. He has also written extensively for television and radio. His poetic radio drama Black Roses: The Killing of Sophie Lancaster sparked an unprecedented listener response and was short-listed for the 2011 Ted Hughes Award. In 2012, as an artist in residence at London's South Bank Centre, Simon conceived and curated Poetry Parnassus, a gathering of world poets and poetry from every Olympic nation as part of Britain's Cultural Olympiad – probably the biggest coming together of international poets in history.
In this lecture, Simon will be talking about his experience of becoming a poet, reading from his eclectic body of work and opening up a dialogue with the audience about the contemporary poetry scene.