Pangbourne College will welcome award-winning poet Mr Simon Armitage during its Centenary Year.
Mr Armitage, who is also a celebrated playwright, novelist and broadcaster, will lead a creative writing workshop for students before a public reading in the Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel on Tuesday 8 November (7-8pm).
The College’s Head of English, Mr Matthew Coolin said: “We are all very excited to be welcoming Simon Armitage to Pangbourne College as part of our Centenary celebrations. Having enjoyed Simon’s writing for many years, on both page and stage, I have been awed by his ability to inspire all who come into contact with his work. This visit promises to be a real treat for both the College and the wider community.”
Mr Armitage writes extensively for television and for radio. He is the author of more than a dozen collections of poetry, most recently Paper Aeroplane and also three best-selling non-fiction titles, All Points North, Walking Home and Walking Away.
His poetry has formed part of GCSE and A Level exam papers for two decades. His latest works are Still, a series of poems articulating aerial photographs of the Somme on the centenary of the First World War battle, and a new translation of the medieval verse Pearl.
Mr Armitage hails from and lives in West Yorkshire. He received the CBE for services to poetry in 2010; he is Professor of Poetry at the University of Sheffield; and he was elected Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford in 2015.
Mr Armitage will take questions and sign copies of his work during the public reading at Pangbourne College on 8 November. Admission to An Audience with Simon Armitage is free, but people wishing to attend are urged to book tickets at http://www.pangbourne.com/CENTENARY-EVENTS as space on the night is limited and is filling up fast.
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