Red Line Book Festival is delighted to welcome Simon Armitage, the UK’s new Poet Laureate for a very special event to mark the launch of our 2019 festival. Simon Armitage, whose work spans sharp observations about modern life and classical myths, will hold the historic post for the next decade, taking over from Dame Carol Ann Duffy.
The Poet Laureate will read from his latest collection, Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic, which features work composed for an assortment of projects, commissions, collaborations, residencies and events that Armitage has participated in over the course of his writing career, collected together for the first time.
Celebrated as ‘the most popular and prolific British poet of his generation’, Armitage has published thirty poetry collections, two novels and four non-fiction bestsellers. His theatre works include The Last Days of Troy, performed at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2014.
He has won numerous awards for his poetry, including the 2017 PEN America Award for Poetry in Translation and was awarded the 2018 Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. He was awarded a CBE in 2010. The West Yorkshire writer is currently Professor of Poetry at the University of Leeds and served as Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford from 2015 to 2019.
The evening is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to hear Armitage, a poet at the height of his powers, read from his latest work in the intimate surrounds of Rua Red and mark the launch of the 2019 Red Line Book Festival programme, which runs from 7th – 13th October 2019.
This event is kindly supported by Poetry Ireland.