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Acclaimed West Yorkshire poet Simon Armitage has enjoyed a relationship with Yorkshire Sculpture Park for several decades, and is noted for his admiration of the work of YSP resident Andy Goldsworthy. To mark the thirtieth anniversary of its foundation in 1977, Yorkshire Sculpture Park gave Armitage himself a residency.
Armitage noted that the poems that he wrote during the period largely fell into two groupings. The first consisted of anecdotal, prose-looking things, like little stories, and the second translations of the Wakefield Mystery Plays into contemporary colloquial verse.
This elegant volume intersperses these works with evocative colour photographs of the venues within YSP where Armitage delivered his Twilight Readings, like the Camellia House and the Deer Shelter Skyspace, as well as black and white images of the wordsmith’s Parkland s drafts.