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Events, Recent & Forthcoming

Public events featuring Simon Armitage, including the Laureate’s Library Tour events, are added here when they go public. Simon Armitage also tours with GCSE Poetry Live! Please check with the event organisers to ensure up-to-date information for the listings below.


Sunday, November 3 – 6.30pm,  Simon Armitage at Bridport Literary Festival, Electric Palace, 35 South St, Bridport, DT6 3NY. SOLD OUT.

Friday, November 22 – 7.30pm, Simon Armitage at Shoreham WordFest, The Shoreham Centre, 2 Pond Road, Shoreham-by-Sea, BN43 5WU. SOLD OUT

Sunday, November 24 – 3.00pm, Carcanet at 50, Michael Schmidt and Carol Rumens are joined by guest poets including Simon Armitage. Chetham’s Library, Manchester M3 1SB. SOLD OUT.

Thursday, November 28 – 7.30pm, An Evening with Simon Armitage, Pocklington Arts Centre, Market Place, Pocklington, York. YO42 2AR. SOLD OUT

Friday, November 29 – 7.30pm, An Evening with Simon Armitage, St Bartholomew’s Church, Marsden, Huddersfield, HD7 6DJ. Simon Armitage returns to the village of his birth with this performance. SOLD OUT.


Thursday, January 23 – 7.30pm, Poetry Club: An Evening with Simon Armitage, The Coronet Theatre, 103 Notting Hill Gate, London W11 3LB. SOLD OUT.

Sunday, January 26Jaipur Literature Festival, India

February 4 or 5Simon Armitage at York Theatre Royal – two special evenings in which Simon Armitage and well-known actors read a range of his poetry during a unique performance curated by theatre director Nick Bagnall. On sale.

Thursday, February 27 – 7.45pm, Out-Spoken, Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX. On sale.

March 16 – 20 The Laureate’s Library Tourevents for the A-B Libraries are still being announced

Using the alphabet as a guide, each spring for the next decade Simon Armitage will give readings across the UK, from the flagship libraries of the big cities to smaller libraries serving rural and remote communities. It’s a journey that involves local poets and students, and celebrates the library as one of the great and necessary institutions of human civilisation. Join us for this first week of his 10-year adventure.

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Friday, March 20 – 7.30-9.00pm, Simon Armitage at The British Library, London, NW1 2DB. Please note: at the time of writing £5 standing places are still for sale but all seats sold out unexpectedly rapidly.

Thursday, March 26 – 7.30pm,  A Laureate Reading, The Helicon, Heaney HomePlace, 45 Main Street, Bellaghy, BT45 8HT, Northern Ireland. On sale.

Saturday, March 28 – 7.30pm, Simon Armitage in Hunmanby, Hunmanby Community Centre, Stonegate, Hunmanby, Filey, N. Yorks, YO14 0NS. On sale.

Saturday, May 23 – The Laurel Prize, the Laureate’s new eco-poetry prize’s first award ceremony takes place during an entire day of debate, workshops, activities and more! Hosted by the Poetry School and Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Friday, June 26 – 7.00pm, Simon Armitage & Ifor Ap Glyn, Theatre Clwyd, Mold, Flintshire, CH7 1YA. On sale. 

Saturday, July 4Simon Armitage: Wilderness Tracks and DJ set, Timber Festival, Feanedock, the National Forest, DE12 6DQ. Early bird tickets on sale.



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