Events, Recent & Forthcoming
A Tribute to Wordsworth on his 250th Birthday, by Simon Armitage, Poet Laureate, April 7, 2020.
The Poet Laureate has Gone to his Shed – BBC Radio 4 podcast series in which the Poet Laureate Simon Armitage talks to guests about life, language and music in his shed.
Wed, Sept 9, 5.00pm doors open – Bold Tendencies’ major live event with artist and designer ES Devlin. Collaborating with producer and songwriter Fraser T Smith, this special evening will present contributions by Dave, Beatriz Colomina & Mark Wigley, Simon Armitage, Albert Woodfox and Kano. Rooftop events, Multi-Storey Car Park, 95a Rye Lane, Peckham, London SE15 4ST
Wed, Sept 16, 2.00pm only – Budleigh Salterton Festival. A virtual poetry reading from The Shed by Simon Armitage featuring Magnetic Field: The Marsden Poems (Faber), his collection of work on the Yorkshire village where he grew up and began life as a writer. Please register in advance for the Virtual Marquee via the festival link. This event will not be available after the webcast.
Fri, Sept 25, 7.30pm only – Inspire Poetry <Virtual> Festival, Join the Poet Laureate in his writing shed for live online conversation, poetry reading and audience Q&A. Simon Armitage will discuss public engagement as a poet and read some of the many poems he’s written for standalone projects, commissions and collaborations. Collected in Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic (Faber), this work represents the nature and scale of his poetry and covers an eclectic array of subjects including sculpture, the environment, travel, drama, and media. Please register via the Festival’s link. This event will not be available after the webcast.
Thurs, Oct 1, 5.00-6.00pm only – Simon Armitage in Dove Cottage. Tune in on National Poetry Day for this one-of-a-kind, online only performance. Experience the newly restored Dove Cottage, take in the beauty of Grasmere and its spectacular surroundings, and hear the poetry of two Poet Laureates as you’ve never heard it before. This online broadcast will not be available after the event, so make sure that you book your ticket! This event is captioned.
Thurs, Oct 1, 7.30pm only – The Laurel Prize 2020 announcement via Zoom on National Poetry Day. This will be an intimate ceremony celebrating the works of the three shortlisted poets Karen McCarthy Woolf, Pascale Petit and Colin Simms. Expect live readings and more from judges Simon Armitage and Moniza Alvi who will host the event and announce the winner. The Laurel Prize has been established and funded by Simon Armitage using his £5,000 annual Laureate’s honorarium and is run by the Poetry School. The prize is awarded annually for the best-published collection of environmental or nature poetry. Tickets are limited, please click here.
Sun, Oct 11 , 6.30pm – Live with the Laureate: Poetry Drive-in with Off the Shelf. An evening of sonnets and bonnets – park up as Poet Laureate Simon Armitage takes centre stage at this unique poetry drive-in. Performing for a socially distanced audience in their cars, Simon will be premiering two new works commissioned by Off the Shelf celebrating former Poet Laureate Ted Hughes’ time in Mexborough. Also reading is Warda Yassin, a British born Somali poet and teacher based in Sheffield. She was a winner of the 2018 New Poets Prize and her winning pamphlet Tea with Cardamom was published by Poetry Business in June 2019. For drive-in FAQs and tickets, click here.
Thurs, Oct 15, 7.30pm only – The Brontë Lounge with Simon Armitage. Simon Armitage was the Brontë Parsonage Museum’s Creative Partner in 2017, the bicentenary year of Branwell Brontë. During his residency he curated an exhibition, Mansions in the Sky, and wrote ten poems in response to Branwell’s belongings in the Museum collection. In this live Zoom event, Simon Armitage will read from the Mansions in the Sky series of poems and talk to host Helen Meller about how his understanding of the notorious Brontë brother developed and changed as he took a closer look at his life and influences. This event is Zoom event is live, once only and will not be recorded.
Thurs, Oct 22, 7.45pm only – Wells Festival of Literature, Join Simon Armitage, who will appear live in person, for an evening of poetry reading and Q&A in the spectacular Cedars Hall. Audience social distancing and other safety measures will be in place. Please check the Festival’s FAQs and ticketing information for full details. You can also register for live-streaming of this event.
Sun Nov 22, 7.30pm – The Laurel Prize with Simon Armitage & Pascale Petit. Founded and funded by Simon Armitage, the Laurel Prize is awarded annually for the best published collection of environmental or nature poetry. Simon Armitage introduces Pascale Petit, whose Mama Amazonica has won the inaugural 2020 Prize.