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, February 23 – 3.30pm, Best Day Ever with Simon Armitage, a brand-new comedy parlour game with Glyn & Hannah Maxwell and Danny Swanson. Boulevard Theatre, 6 Walker’s Court, Soho, W1F 0BT. On sale.
Thursday, February 27 – 7.45pm, Out-Spoken, Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX. Almost sold out.
Monday, March 9 – 7.30pm, Land Yacht Regatta (LYR), Brudenell Social Club, Leeds. On sale.
Tuesday, March 10 – 7.30pm, Land Yacht Regatta (LYR), Hoxton Hall, London. On sale.
Friday, March 13 – 6.00pm, Simon Armitage at Lyra, Bristol’s Poetry Festival in association with University of Bristol’s Poetry Institute and Department of English. Wills Memorial Building (Great Hall), Queens Rd, Bristol BS8 1RJ. On sale.
March 16-21 – The Laureate’s Library Tour. Using the alphabet as a guide, for a week 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 local communities. It’s a journey that celebrates the library as one of the great and necessary institutions of human civilisation.
The A-B Libraries Tour is the first week of his 10-year adventure.
Monday, March 16
- Ashby-de-la-Zouch Library. Local student-centred celebration with Simon Armitage. No public tickets available due to limited capacity. (Please see below for Kenilworth Library’s live-streaming event, Friday, March 20, instead)
- Belper Library – 2.30-4.00pm, Simon Armitage at the new Belper Library on Derwent Street. Derbyshire County Council. Strictly ticket only due to limited capacity. Please book here.
Tuesday, March 17 – 2.00-3.30pm, Bucksburn Library, Aberdeen City Libraries. A community celebration with Simon Armitage, also highlighting Doric (North-East Scots) and the poetry and prose written in Doric which can be borrowed from Aberdeen’s diverse libraries. Local guest poet, Magnus Dixon, Foyle Young Poet winner. Due to limited capacity, only a small number of public tickets will be available. To book, please email LibraryEvents@aberdeencity.gov.uk
Wednesday, March 18 – 12:30pm, Simon Armitage with Leontia Flynn at The Linen Hall Library, Belfast – a celebration, with local student and community groups, of the oldest library in Belfast and last subscription library in Ireland, yet accessible to all. Renowned for its Irish and local studies collections, as part of the event the Library will reflect the alphabet theme of the tour by displaying its unique Robert McAdam Comparative Lexicon (c.1885), handwritten volumes of Irish words and their equivalents in 28 other languages, from Scottish to Manx Gaelic to Sanskrit.
Thursday, March 19
- Bacup Library, Lancashire County Council. A celebration with Simon Armitage, two local schools, the library’s creative writing group and other community groups. Strictly ticket only. Due to limited capacity, only a few tickets are available via the library for the general public.
- Bootle Library, Sefton Borough Council, Liverpool City Region’s Borough of Culture 2020. A student and community celebration with Simon Armitage of the Human Library project. Local guest poets: Eira Murphy, Liverpool Young Poet Laureate / Foyle Young Poets winner, and Amina Atiq, BBC Words First Finalist 2019. Invited local groups, strictly ticket only.
Friday, March 20 – 7.30-9.00pm, Simon Armitage at The British Library, London, NW1 2DB. Local guest poets: Theresa Lola, Young People’s Laureate for London, and Joelle Taylor, award-winning poet and founder of the national youth slam championships SLAMbassadors. Please note: at the time of writing £5 standing places are still for sale but all seats sold out unexpectedly rapidly.
Under ‘B is for British Library’, the Living Knowledge Network (LKN), a UK-wide partnership of national and public libraries created by the British Library, is kindly live-streaming the above March 20 event to participating libraries listed below. These live-screened events are open to the public. Seats are either low cost or free, but often booking is required. Please click each library below for tickets.
- Barnstaple Library, please enquire at the library, free but donations welcome
- Glasgow, please enquire at the library
- The Hive, Worcester
- Huddersfield Library
- Hull Central Library
- Kenilworth Library
- Manchester Central Library, please enquire at the library
- Middlesbrough Library
- Norwich and Norfolk Millennium Library, please enquire at the library
- Poole Library (no need to book here)
- Sheffield, please enquire at the library
- St Ives, Cambridge, please enquire at the library
Saturday, March 21 – Abington Library, Northampton. Small community celebration with Simon Armitage hosted by Friends of Abington Library. Limited capacity, so no public tickets available. (Please see above for Kenilworth Library’s live-streaming event on Friday March 20, instead)
Huge thanks to all the A and B libraries across the UK who got in touch with their ideas for a visit during the above Tour. Inevitably travel logistics played a part in the final selection but Simon Armitage really appreciates everyone’s interest and support. Invitations will open in Autumn 2020 for the C-Dd Libraries Tour in Spring 2021 . Guidance can be found here.
Thursday, March 26 – 7.30pm, A Laureate Reading featuring Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic, The Helicon, Heaney HomePlace, 45 Main Street, Bellaghy, BT45 8HT. On sale.
Saturday, March 28 – 7.30pm, Simon Armitage in Hunmanby, Hunmanby Community Centre, Stonegate, Hunmanby, Filey, N. Yorks, YO14 0NS. SOLD OUT, waiting list for returns.
Friday, April 3 – 7.30pm, An Evening with Simon Armitage at Cutty Sark, King William Walk, Greenwich SE10 9HT. 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
Monday, June 22– 8.00pm, Mananan International Festival of Music and the Arts, Erin Arts Centre, Port Erin, Isle of Man. On sale from Mar 11.
Friday, June 26 – 7.00pm, Simon Armitage & Ifor Ap Glyn, Theatre Clwyd, Mold, Flintshire, CH7 1YA. On sale.
Saturday, July 4 – Simon Armitage: Wilderness Tracks and DJ set, Timber Festival, Feanedock, the National Forest, DE12 6DQ. Early bird tickets on sale.
Sunday, August 2 – Land Yacht Regatta (LYR) at Underneath the Stars, Cawthorne near Barnsley, South Yorkshire. On sale.