Simon Armitage

Festival 2018 Archive


£12.50 no concessions
Monday 25 June 2018 at 7.30pm (doors open 7.00pm)
St John’s Church, Buxton Road DE6 1EX



A rare chance to see and hear one of the country’s foremost writers, Simon Armitage, reading prose extracts and poems from his best-selling memoirs about trying his luck as a modern-day troubadour, without a penny in his pocket. Walking Home describes how he fared along the Pennine Way, offering readings en route in return for bed and board. In Walking Away, he swaps the moorland uplands for the coastal fringe of the SW Coast Path, taking poetry into tourist hotspots, beach cafés and a Celtic roundhouse. Simon Armitage will also read journey poems from his new book The Unaccompanied. Lovers of fine writing and of walking should not miss this evening.

Simon Armitage was born in West Yorkshire and is best known as an award-winning poet, who also writes extensively for television, radio and the theatre. His numerous accolades include a prestigious Ivor Novello Award for song-writing for the BAFTA-winning television film about young offenders, Feltham Sings. He is Professor of Poetry at the University of Leeds,  was elected Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford in 2015 and was awarded the CBE for services to poetry in 2010.