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Simon Armitage in Conversation with Rachel Cooke: A Reflection

Last week, I went to see Simon Armitage talk at Manchester Cathedral as part of Manchester Literature Festival. In contrast to the normal poetry readings I have been to previously, this took on an interview format, with Rachel Cooke (aka Observer writer, poet and Armitage’s biggest fan) asking him questions about his life and work, in particular his new selected poems, entitled “Paper Aeroplane”. 762 more words

Poem 13) '"I am very bothered when I think..."' - Simon Armitage

I am very bothered when I think
of the bad things I have done in my life.
Not least that time in the chemistry lab… 86 more words


Poem of (Yester) Day #5 - Zoom! by Simon Armitage

I’ve seen him live enough times to finally have him as my Poet of the Day. I like this funny, I feel like it’s got quite a funny end. 178 more words

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Book Review: Walking Home by Simon Armitage

In the summer of 2010 the British poet Simon Armitage decided to have, at age 47, his midlife crisis. The crisis manifested itself not in buying a red sports car or taking up with a younger woman, but rather in hiking the Pennine Way and then writing about it. 361 more words

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30 Songs in 30 Days - Day Eighteen - Legendary

Of all the songs I’m recording for this project, Legendary is the only one that was significantly co-written. If you know anything of the history of… 139 more words


Headliners Announced for StAnza 2015

Today is National Poetry Day, and poetry events are taking place the length and breadth of the country. Good luck to them all. As our contribution to mark the day, we are releasing details of some of the treats in store next March when StAnza 2015 will, almost unbelievably, be our 18th annual festival. 298 more words

I Say I Say I Say by Simon Armitage

In honour of National Poetry Day here is my favourite poem by one of my favourite poets.