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Events, Recent & Forthcoming

Events & broadcasts

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.

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.


Tues, Nov 1, 2.15pm, BBC Radio 4, The Owl and the NightingaleIn this highly engaging new translation of the lively medieval poem The Owl and the Nightingale, Simon Armitage communicates this twitter spat with all the energy, humour and theatricality of the original. A narrator overhears a fiery verbal contest between the two birds which moves from the philosophical to the ridiculous. The disputed issues resonate today – concerning identity, class, cultural attitudes and the right to be heard.  Narrator Simon Armitage, Owl Maxine Peake, Nightingale Rachael Stirling

Thurs, Nov 3,  7.00pm, An Evening with Simon Armitage, St. Mary’s Arts Centre, Sandwich, Kent CT13 9HN. Tickets on sale. SOLD OUT but reserve list

Thurs, Nov 17, 7.00pm – An Evening with Simon Armitage, Crescent Arts Centre hosted by Queens University Belfast. Tickets free but booking is essential.  SOLD OUT but reserve list

Fri, Dec 16, 7.30pm, Simon Armitage & LYR live in London, St Pancras Old Church, NW1 1UL. Tickets on sale. SOLD OUT but reserve list


Sat, Jan 7, 5.00pmThe Awakening launches LEEDS 2023,  A big celebration of Leeds’ cultural heritage and future. Hosted by Gabby Logan and Sanchez Payne, this epic showcase of live performance featuring Corinne Bailey Rae, Simon Armitage and LYR, The Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North, Graft, Inder Goldfinger, Testament, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Denmarc Creary and many more still tba. Everyone is invited. What’s your creative entry for the ticket ballot? Deadline Nov 25.

Fri, Jan 13, 7.30pmEnfield Poets Presents: Simon Armitage, Dugdale Centre, Enfield, EN2 6SN Tickets on sale.  Almost sold out.

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.  

Mar 4-9, Simon Armitage at Adelaide Writers’ Week, programme announced in January. 

Mar 17-23, E to G Libraries Tour, next stage of the decade-long Laureate’s Library Tour to celebrate libraries.  Programme tba. 

Wed, April 19, 7.30pmSimon Armitage at Stamford Arts Centre, Lincs, PE9 2DL  Tickets on sale.  


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