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Events, Recent & Forthcoming

Events & broadcasts

BBC Radio 4, second weekly series of 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.  


April 17 deadline for submission to the Laureate’s Laurel Prize 2022. This is a prize for best collections of eco and nature poetry, this year judged by Glyn Maxwell, Tishani Doshi and Elena Karina Byrne. Submissions are accepted for any collection written in the English language, and collections must be submitted by the publisher. For a full list of terms and conditions see HERE

Sat, April 23, 4.00pm – Simon Armitage reads live and in conversation with Sara Hudston at Cambridge Literary Festival, The Cambridge Union. Tickets on sale

Sun, May 1 – Simon Armitage & LYR live at Sounds from the Other City, Salford. Tickets on sale

Wed, May 4, 7.00pm –  Simon Armitage reads live at The Black Box, Belfast, Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival in association with Belfast International Arts Festival 2022. SOLD OUT but waiting list available

Thurs, May 5, 6.30pm – Simon Armitage reads live at Stratford Literary Festival, Stratford-upon-Avon,  CV37 6YR  Tickets on sale. 

Fri, May 6, 4.00pm, Simon Armitage reads live at Newcastle Poetry Festival, Northern Stage, Barras Bridge, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 7RH. Tickets on sale.

Sat, May 7, 7.30pm, Simon Armitage reads live at Hunmanby Community Centre, Hunmanby, Filey YO14 0NS.  SOLD OUT but waiting list available

Thurs, May 12 , 7.00pm, Simon Armitage reads live at Guernsey Literary Festival, Les Cotils, Guernsey GY1 1UU SOLD OUT 

Sun, May 15, 7.00pm, Simon Armitage & LYR live at Nottingham Poetry FestivalMetronome, NG1 1AP. Tickets on sale

Wed, May 18, 7.30pm – Simon Armitage reads live at Out-Spoken, Southbank Centre, London, SE1 8XX  Tickets on sale

Fri, May 20, 7.00pmA poetry reading by Simon Armitage, Société de Lecture, Grand-Rue 11, Geneva

Tues, May 24, 6.30pm An Evening of Poetry with Simon Armitage and Michael Longley, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, WF4 4LG  Tickets on sale. SOLD OUT but waiting list available

Thurs – Sat, June 2-4, Gilgamesh  – a devised piece with Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts’ (LIPA) students collaborating directly with Simon Armitage and his band LYR. Based on the epic poem, Gilgamesh is the story of a mythical – and tyrannical – king; their adventures and how the death of a friend triggers a search for immortality. The production will be an ambitious multi-media performance featuring spoken word, dance, music and art installations. Directed by Nick Bagnall. Tickets on sale.

Fri, June 10 8.00pm – Long Division presents Simon Armitage in conversation, Wakefield Town Hall, W. Yorks. Tickets on sale 

Sat, June 11Simon Armitage & LYR live at Long Division Festival, Wakefield (festival at various city venues), W. Yorks. Tickets on sale

June 17-18 The Keats-Shelley 200 Gulf of Poets Festival in Lerici, Italy. Programme and registration details at the bottom of the webpage. 

Sat, June 25, 3.00pm – Simon Armitage reads live at Wealden Literary FestivalBoldshaves Garden, Woodchurch, Ashford TN26 3RA. Tickets on sale.

Fri, July 1, 7.00pm, Simon Armitage reads live at Ledbury Poetry Festival  Tickets on sale.

Sat-Sun, July 2-3, Simon Armitage live at Timber Festival, Hanging Hill Farm, Rawdon Road, Moira, Swadlincote, DE12 6DH. Tickets on sale. 

July 8-10 – Simon Armitage & LYR live at Also Festival, Park Farm, Compton Verney, Warwickshire, CV35 9HJ

Fri, July 15 – Live premiere at Durham Brass FestivalSimon Armitage and his band LYR  accompanied by Easington Colliery Brass Band will premiere new music at Durham Cathedral inspired by the incredible story of Durham’s ‘Category D’ villages. The work is the result of a commission for the festival in partnership with the Durham Miners Association (DMA) and the Redhills charity. Tickets on sale.

Thurs, July 21 Simon Armitage & LYR live at Bluedot, Jodrell Bank, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 9DL  Tickets on sale

Sat, Aug 27 Simon Armitage reads live at Greenbelt Festival, nr Kettering. Tickets on sale.

Sat pm, Sept 3 Simon Armitage live at Moseley Folk & Arts, Moseley Park, Birmingham, B13 8DD. Tickets on Sale check here. Also LYR plays on Friday, Sept 2. 

Sept 9-11, Laurel Prize 2022Awards Ceremony


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