Bristol Poetry Institute Annual Reading 2017
Wills Memorial Building
The Bristol Poetry Institute is delighted to invite members of the public and university alike to this year's annual poetry reading. We are very pleased to announce that this year's reader will be Simon Armitage. Simon will read from his poetry, new and old (6-7pm), as well as take part in a book signing (7-7.30pm). Of particular interest to audience members of school and college age will be Simon Armitage's reading from his translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
Simon Armitage was born in West Yorkshire and is Professor of Poetry at the University of Leeds. He was elected Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford in 2015. His new collection of poetry The Unaccompanied, documents a world on the brink. Armitage has published a dozen collections including Paper Aeroplane: Selected Poems 1989-2014 and acclaimed translations of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Pearl. The latter won the 2017 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation. He is also the author of two novels and three best-selling non-fiction titles, All Points North, Walking Home and Walking Away. His writing for television and radio includes the BAFTA-winning Feltham Sings for which he received a prestigious Ivor Novello Award for song-writing; Black Roses: the Killing of Sophie Lancaster and The Great War: An Elegy. Last year, his book Still responded to aerial photographs of the Somme. His theatre works include The Last Days of Troy, performed at Shakespeare's Globe. This year, as Creative Partner at the Brontë Parsonage Museum, he marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of Branwell Brontë, brother of the famous Brontë sisters. The recipient of numerous awards, Armitage was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2004 and awarded the CBE for services to poetry in 2010.