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Simon Armitage
Simon ArmitageUK Poet Laureate

Simon Armitage is the UK Poet Laureate and was Oxford Professor of Poetry (2015-2019). 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. 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. He also writes extensively for television and radio, and is 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, London, in 2014. He was appointed Professor of Poetry at Leeds University in 2017.

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Robert Macfarlane is the author of books about landscape, people, place and nature, including Mountains of the Mind, The Wild Places, The Old Ways, Landmarks and Underland. His The Lost Words: A Spell-Book, with the artist Jackie Morris, is widely used in primary and secondary schools across Britain. His work has been widely adapted for film, music, stage and radio. He is a Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

Robert Macfarlane
Robert MacfarlaneAuthor
Moniza Alvi
Moniza AlviAward Winning Poet

Moniza Alvi was born in Lahore in 1954. She now lives in Norfolk. Her poetry collections include The Country at My Shoulder (OUP, 1993) which was shortlisted for the Whitbread and the T.S. Eliot poetry prizes, Europa (Bloodaxe, 2008) and At the Time of Partition (Bloodaxe, 2013), both also shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. Her most recent full-length collection is Blackbird, Bye Bye (Bloodaxe, 2018), a book unified by birds and inspired by her parents, the loss of her father and by his emigration from Pakistan.

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Simon Armitage
Simon ArmitageUK Poet Laureate

Simon Armitage is the UK Poet Laureate and was Oxford Professor of Poetry (2015-2019). 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. 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. He also writes extensively for television and radio, and is 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, London, in 2014. He was appointed Professor of Poetry at Leeds University in 2017.

www.simonarmitage.com

Image Credit: Peter James Millson

Robert MacFarlane
Robert MacFarlaneAuthor

Robert MacFarlane is the author of books about landscape, people, place and nature, including Mountains of the Mind, The Wild Places, The Old Ways, Landmarks and Underland. His The Lost Words: A Spell-Book, with the artist Jackie Morris, is widely used in primary and secondary schools across Britain. His work has been widely adapted for film, music, stage and radio. He is a Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

Moniza Alvi
Moniza AlviAward Winning Poet

Moniza Alvi was born in Lahore in 1954. She now lives in Norfolk. Her poetry collections include The Country at My Shoulder (OUP, 1993) which was shortlisted for the Whitbread and the T.S. Eliot poetry prizes, Europa (Bloodaxe, 2008) and At the Time of Partition (Bloodaxe, 2013), both also shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. Her most recent full-length collection is Blackbird, Bye Bye (Bloodaxe, 2018), a book unified by birds and inspired by her parents, the loss of her father and by his emigration from Pakistan.

Image Credit: Daniella Szendro – www.flickr.com/photos/daniellaszendro