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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.


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 (but Feb 5 is almost sold out).

Sunday, February 23 – 3.30pm, Best Day Ever with Simon Armitage, a brand-new comedy parlour game with Glyn & Hannah Maxwell. Boulevard Theatre, 6 Walker’s Court, Soho, W1F 0BT

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

Friday, March 13 – 6.00pm, Simon Armitage at Lyra, Bristol’s Poetry Festival, University of Bristol, 2020 programme and ticket sales due online soon. 

March 16 – 21 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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Thursday, March 19 – 

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.

Saturday, March 21 – 

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. Almost sold out. 

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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