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Events, Recent & Forthcoming

Live events for Simon Armitage’s poetry readings or his performances with LYR are added regularly once ticket sales have been announced. Broadcasts still available are also listed below. 

Fri, July 5, 7.30pmLYR at Alton Arts Festival, Alton Assembly Rooms, Hampshire GU34 1BA. Tickets on sale. Sold out

Sat, July 6, 6.00pmSimon Armitage: Blossomise at Ledbury Poetry Festival, HR8 2AA. Tickets on sale. Sold out

Wed, July 10, 7.30pm – An Evening with Poet Laureate Simon Armitage, New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, PO1 2DD. Tickets on sale.

Fri, July 26, 7.00pmLYR at Deer Shed, Topcliffe, North Yorks YO7 3BZ. Tickets on sale. 

Sat, July 27, 11.50am – Simon Armitage at Deer Shed, Topcliffe, North Yorks YO7 3BZ. Tickets on sale. 

Sat, Aug 10, 7.30pmAn Evening with Simon Armitage – East Riding Theatre, Beverley HU17 9BE. Tickets on sale. Last few tickets! 

Thurs, Aug 29, 6.00pmPoetry Month Gala, BBC Contains Strong Language, State Library of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Tickets on sale. 


Tues, Sept 10, 7.30pm An Evening with Simon Armitage, for the Wordsworth Trust. St Oswald’s Church, Church Stile, Grasmere, Ambleside, LA22 9SW  Tickets on sale.

Fri, Sept 21, 6.30pm –  LYR at Braemar Literary Festival, Braemar Village Hall, Ballater AB35 5RF  Tickets on sale.

Sat, Sept 22, 11.30am – Simon Armitage in conversation with Nick Barley, Braemar Literary Festival, Ballater AB35 5RF    Tickets on sale.

Tues, Sept 24, 8.00pmSimon Armitage at Marine Theatre, Church St, Lyme Regis DT7 3QB. Tickets on sale. 

Wed, Sept 25, 8.00pmCabaret Voltaire: Simon Armitage – St Marys Church, Bruton, Somerset, BA10 0EB. Tickets on sale. 

Thurs, Sept 26, 8.00pmCabaret Voltaire: Simon Armitage – St Mary’s Church, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5NN. Tickets on sale. 

Fri, Sept 27, 7.30pm – LYR at North Cornwall Book FestivalSt Endellion Church, Port Isaac, PL29 3TP – Tickets on sale.

Sat, Sept 28, 1.00pm – Simon Armitage at North Cornwall Book Festival, St Endellion Church, Port Isaac, PL29 3TP. Tickets on sale.


Thurs, Oct 10, 8.00pmAn Evening with Poet Laureate Simon Armitage, hosted by Autumn in Malvern Festival and Malvern Theatres, Great Malvern, WR14 3HB. Simon Armitage introduces and reads a selection of his own poems. He also includes Robert Frost’s Iris by Night marking the 150th Anniversary of Frost’s birth. Tickets on sale.

Nov 29 – Jan 5Hansel and Gretel, Shakespeare’s Globe, London SE1 9DT. A new version of The Brothers Grimm’s fairy tale by Poet Laureate Simon Armitage, directed by Nick Bagnall. Priority Booking opens on July 17, 10.00am, Public booking opens on July 24, 10.00am. Details via the link.



Wed, Jan 22, 8.00pmLYR at Brewery Arts, Kendal LA9 4HE  Tickets on sale.

Thurs, Jan 23, 8.00pm –  LYR at the Music Room, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, L1 9BP  Tickets on sale.

Fri, Jan 24,  7.30pm – An Evening with Simon Armitage and LYR, York Theatre Royal, YO1 7HD. Tickets on sale.

Sun, Jan 26, 8.00pmLYR at Trades Club, Hebden Bridge, W. Yorks HX7 8EE  Tickets on sale.


Broadcasts still available

BBC Radio 4, Larkin Revisited. Across ten programmes and ten Philip Larkin poems, Simon Armitage finds out what happens when he revisits and unpicks Larkin’s work in Larkin’s centenary year (2022).

BBC Radio 4, The Poet Laureate has Gone to his Shed in which the Poet Laureate Simon Armitage talks to guests about life, language and music in his shed. 

BBC Radio 4,The Ballad of Eldon Street – an unnatural history. A new form of radio ballad to mark the centenary of Radio Drama on the BBC. The story of this iconic Barnsley street told by the people who know it best, interwoven with specially composed songs written by LYR – Simon Armitage, Patrick J Pearson and Richard Walters.

BBC Radio 4, Poet Laureate in the Arctic. Considering himself a nature poet and with a geography degree, Simon Armitage pledged to put the environment at the heart of his thinking when he became Poet Laureate in 2019. In this 2023 series he travels to The Arctic to see for himself what’s going on in this part of the world which is so crucial to the climate change debate. 





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