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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. 

Thurs, April 11, 7.00-8.30pm – Simon Armitage + LYR, Huddersfield Literature Festival, Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield HD1 2SP. Tickets on sale. More tickets released

Sun, April 14, 2.00pmSimon Armitage at Lyra Poetry Festival, St George’s Bristol, BS1 5RR. Tickets on sale.

Tues, April 16, 6.00pmCelebrating Byron 200, Keats-Shelley House in Rome. Part of the KSH programme of events to mark the 200th anniversary of Bryon’s death in 1824. Fully booked. 

Blossomise tour, National Trust 

Sat, April 20, 6.00pmLYR: Blossomise, Plymouth. Tickets on sale. Sold out

Sun, April 21, 1.00pmLYR: Blossomise, Coventry. Tickets on sale. 

Fri, April 26 – Blossomise reading, Castlefield Viaduct, Manchester. Sold out

Sat, April 27, 5.00pmLYR: Blossomise, Quarry Bank, Styal, Cheshire. Tickets on sale. Sold out

Sun, April 28, 5.30pmLYR: Blossomise, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Tickets on sale. Be quick for remaining tickets!

Sat, May 18, 10.00pm – Simon Armitage at Cork International Poetry Festival, Ireland. Tickets on sale.  

Thurs, May 30, 7.30pmSimon Armitage reads Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Foxlowe Arts Centre, Leek, ST13 6AD. Tickets on sale. Sold out, waiting list available

Sat, June 1, 8.30pm – Simon Armitage and Clive Hicks-Jenkins, Event 335, Hay Festival. Tickets on sale.

Sun, June 2, 11.30amSimon Armitage: Blossomise, Event 347, Hay Festival. Tickets on sale.

Sun, June 2, 7.30pmLYR at Hay Festival. Tickets on sale

June 8-9, Simon Armitage at Borris Festival of Writing and Ideas, Borris, Ireland. Tickets on sale.

Fri, June 14, 7.30pm – LYR in Stamford, Stamford Arts Centre, Lincs PE9 2DL. Tickets on sale.

Mon, June 27,  7.00pmSimon Armitage in Conversation, Faber & Faber, The Bindery, London, EC1N 8HN. Fabers Members event. Join (for free) to unlock. Sold out

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

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

Tues, Sept 24, 8.00pmSimon Armitage at Marine Theatre, Church St, Lyme Regis DT7 3QB. Tickets on sale from Apr 11. 

Wed, Sept 25, 8.00pmCabaret Voltaire: Simon Armitage – St Marys Church, Bruton, Somerset, BA10 0EB. Tickets on sale from Apr 11. 

Thurs, Sept 26, 8.00pmCabaret Voltaire: Simon Armitage – St Mary’s Church, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5NN. Tickets on sale from Apr 11. 


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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