A masterclass with one of the UK’s leading poets as part of Morley Arts Fesitval:
This is a unique chance for those keen to convert ideas, thoughts and feelings into writing under Simon Armitage’s guidance. Simon Armitage has published over a dozen collections of poetry, most recently Paper Aeroplane - Selected Poems 1989 - 2014. His translations of medieval verse include his acclaimed Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and his new translation of Pearl. Armitage’s poems have been part of GCSE and A level exams in this country for nearly two decades now.
He is also the author of two novels and three best-selling non-fiction titles, All Points North, Walking Home and Walking Away. The latter recount his experiences of walking the Pennine Way and SW Coast Path as a modern day troubadour giving poetry readings en route. Armitage’s extensive writing for television and radio includes the BAFTA-winning Feltham Sings for which he received a prestigious Ivor Novello Award for song-writing, and his BBC2 documentary The Great War: An Elegy. His new book Still, is a series of poems written in response to aerial photographs of the Somme. Simon Armitage is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and was awarded a CBE in 2010 for services to poetry.
For new and experienced writers alike (aged 16 and over). Places limited to a maximum of 20 — booking essential. Please bring pen and paper.
From 8pm in the Alexandra Hall (part of Morley Town Hall), Simon Armitage will read excerpts from his most recent work as well as poems from his extensive back catalogue and answer questions from the audience. Afterwards, he will be available to sign books. More information here