Simon Armitage was born in
Praising Armitage as a public poet, Peter McDonald writes: ‘Any poet has to face the challenge of language’s debasement, and real poets do something about that debasement: in this sense, all good poetry is a public act. Armitage knows how to absorb the decay of meaning in much of what constitutes actual public speech by applying the special pressures and ironies only possible in poems.’
The following recordings were made at the Louis MacNeice
Centenary Celebration and Conference at Queen's University,
© All recordings copyright Simon Armitage and the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry.
Simon was reading with Nick Laird and Richard Murphy.