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Poet returns to complete the circle

 October 9, 2017 | Simon Jenkins

World-renowned poet Simon Armitage is the University’s first Professor of Poetry – 20 years after taking up his first academic post here as a creative writing lecturer in the School of English.

With more than 25 anthologies and numerous awards and prizes to his name, Professor Armitage enjoys huge popularity across the world and his work is now studied by students of all ages.

At Leeds, where the Brotherton Library is already home to the poet’s archive, he will contribute to a range of courses for undergraduates and postgraduates, work with a wide range of academics across the University – and develop links across the city and beyond.

Professor Armitage, who was born and continues to live in West Yorkshire, is a poet, writer, translator and broadcaster. He is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, most recently the PEN Award for Translation for his reworking of the medieval poem, Pearl. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the recipient of an Ivor Novello Award, a BAFTA and a CBE.

He says: “I have a long-standing relationship with the University and I am looking forward to working with an institution which does so much to support and encourage new writing.”


PICTURE by Peter James Millson

Poet returns to complete the circle