The Betterment Society have now met to discuss our autumn choice of film, book, poet, artist and album. Undoubtedly, the choice on this occasion was more balanced, but we both agreed that the choice included items which neither of us would have approached given a free choice. 807 more words
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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
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
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
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