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Events, Recent & Forthcoming

Events & broadcasts

BBC Radio 4, Larkin Revisited. Starts August 8, 2022. Across ten programmes and ten Philip Larkin poems, Simon Armitage, the poet laureate, finds out what happens when he revisits and unpicks Larkin’s work in his centenary year.

BBC Radio 4, archive of 2021 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.


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

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

Mon, July 4, 7.00pm, Resistance: Simon Armitage live at the British Library, London. Simon will be accompanied by other special guests and live music. Tickets free but booking is essential. SOLD OUT

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

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

Tues, Aug 9, 6.00pm, Simon Armitage marks centenary of Larkin’s birth, Middleton Hall, Hull, HU6 7RX. At the invitation of the Philip Larkin Society, Simon Armitage marks the centenary of Larkin’s birth on the exact anniversary and in the University where the poet spent most of his working life as Librarian. Tickets on sale.

Fri, Aug 26Simon Armitage reads live at Shambala Festival, Northants. Tickets on sale.

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

Sun, Aug 28, Simon reads live at Krankenhaus Festival (and LYR plays Monday), Muncaster Castle, Cumbria, CA18 1RQ  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. Tickets on sale. 

Sept 9-11, Laurel Prize 2022Awards Ceremony

Tues, Sept 13, 7.30pm, An Evening with Simon Armitage for Wordsworth Grasmere, The Daffodil Hotel & Spa, Grasmere, LA22 9PR   Tickets on sale. 

Tues, Oct 4 , 7.15pm, Laureate to Laureate: Olive Senior & Simon Armitage, Howard Assembly Rooms, Leeds LS1 6NU. Tickets on sale.  

Thurs, Oct 6, 8.00pm, Simon Armitage & LYR live in Marsden, St. Bartholomew’s Church, HD7 6DJ. Tickets on sale.  Almost sold out.

Fri, Oct 7, 7.00pmSimon Armitage & LYR live at Arnside Sailing Club, Cumbria. Tickets on sale.  

Sat, Oct 8, 7.30pm, Simon Armitage & LYR live at Florence Park Community Centre, Oxford, OX4 3NH. Tickets on sale.  

Mon, Oct 10, 7.00pm, Simon Armitage & LYR live at Wrecking Ball Arts Club, Hull, HU1 2ER. Tickets on sale.  

Tues, Oct 11 , 7.30pm, Simon Armitage & LYR live at Shoreham Wordfest, Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-by-Sea, BN43 5EG. Tickets on sale.  


Sat, Jan 14, 7.30pm – The Owl and the Nightingale with Simon Armitage presented by City of London Sinfonia in association with Faber Members. Performed live on stage, this special evening features Simon Armitage as narrator and two actors (to be announced). The performance includes bird-themed music by Janequin, Couperin, Watkins, Vasks and Vivaldi performed by City of London Sinfonia. Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London  SE1 8XX. Tickets on sale from Sept 1.  


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