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25th Anniversary: An Afternoon with Simon Armitage

Sun 8 Sep 19

As Lawrence Batley Theatre turns 25, join us for a special home-coming reading from Zoom! with Simon Armitage, the newly appointed UK Poet Laureate.

Many of the poems in Zoom!, the book that launched Armitage’s writing career, are set in and around Huddersfield. Zoom! was published 30 years ago when Armitage worked as a probation officer in Manchester. When the Lawrence Batley Theatre opened officially in 1994, he was one of the UK’s so-called Next Generation Poets.

Armitage has published 28 collections of poetry, including his latest, Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic, and his acclaimed translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. His numerous accolades include an Ivor Novello Award for song-writing in the BAFTA-winning film Feltham Sings and the 2018 Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. He is also the author of two novels and the non-fiction bestsellers All Points North, Walking Home and Walking Away. His theatre works include The Last Days of Troy, performed at Shakespeare’s Globe. Armitage was elected Oxford Professor of Poetry (2015-2019) and is currently Professor of Poetry at Leeds University. He received the CBE for services to poetry in 2010.

Simon Armitage will be available to sign books after the reading.

Tickets include a suggested donation of £15 to the Lawrence Batley Theatre

Event Details



Running time:

1 hours 30 minutes


20 minutes

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