Simon Armitage CBE

Simon Armitage CBE

Simon Armitage CBE is a multi award-winning poet, professor of poetry, musician and playwright. In 2020 he was awarded a CBE for for services to literature and in 2019 was appointed Poet Laureate, a position he will hold for 10 years.

Until 1994, Simon Armitage worked as a Probation Officer and in his post-graduate studies his MA looked at the effects of television violence on young offenders.

His first poetry collection Zoom! was published in 1989, five years before Simon left the probation service.  Since then he has published more than 20 other collections, with many based on his home town in West Yorkshire.

Simon is the former professor of poetry at Oxford and in 2017 was appointed as the first Professor of Poetry at the University of Leeds where he has been a lecturer. He has also lectured at the University of Manchester and the University of Iowa.

Simon has received numerous awards for his work including the Sunday Times Young Author of the Year,  the Ivor Novello, the 2018 Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry.

In addition to poetry, Simon Armitage has also made literary, history and travel programmes for the BBC and Channel 4.

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