Simon Armitage

Readings and Book Signing

Sunday 9 July 2017 at 6.00pm

West Kirby Arts Centre, Brookfield Gardens, West Kirby


Simon Armitage


Author, Poet, Playwright, Lyricist and Broadcaster


Readings and Book Signing

The format of this event is a reading of about an hour’s duration, followed by the opportunity to have books signed by Simon.
Licensed bar available


West kirby Arts Centre
Brookfield Gardens, West Kirby  CH48 4EL

(Parking at West Kirby Concourse – NO parking in Brookfield Gardens)


Sunday 9 July 2017 at 6.00pm


Tickets: £12

Here is a great opportunity to enjoy a reading by Simon Armitage, the multi-award-winning poet, playwright, novelist, lyricist and broadcaster from Marsden, West Yorkshire. Simon also writes extensively for television, radio and theatre.

Simon will read extracts from his two best-selling memoirs about setting out as a modern 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 cafes and a Celtic roundhouse.

Simon Armitage will also read journey poems from his new book The Unaccompanied and recent collection Paper Aeroplane: Selected Poems 1989-2014. His translations of medieval verse include his acclaimed Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (and as you all know Sir Gawain found his way to Wirral!), and now Pearl.

His extensive writing for television and radio includes the BAFTA-winning Feltham Sings for which he received a prestigious Ivor Novello Award for song-writing, the drama-documentary Black Roses: the Killing of Sophie Lancaster and his BBC2 documentary The Great War: An Elegy. Last year, he published Still, featuring his versions of The Georgics by the Roman poet Virgil paired with aerial photographs of the Somme.

Simon Armitage is Professor of Poetry at the University of Sheffield and was elected Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford in 2015. He was awarded a CBE in 2010 for services to poetry.