Enjoy Sophia’s blog about Simon Armitage, Poet Laureate, Georgian Theatre on 15th October
A huge thank you to Sophia, in Year 11, who has written a terrific blog about Simon Armitage, Poet Laureate, who will be takes to the stage of the Georgian Theatre Royal on 15th October. His ‘Evening of Poetry’ will be an encore event in the Richmond Walking and Book Festival. We hope you enjoy Sophia’s piece below.
His feats span far and wide – from succeeding Carol Ann Duffy in the role of Poet Laureate to physically making his mark (his work has been carved large – in the rock of the Stanza Stone Trail, as well as small – onto a cancer treatment pill).
Simon Armitage continues to prove himself to be one of Britain’s most prolific writers. His recognition is of a royal standard – literally! In the year prior to his appointment as Poet Laureate, he was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, and made an appearance in the Queen’s Honours List in 2010, having been awarded a CBE. Alongside his achievements, spanning far and wide, his masterful wordsmanship makes it nothing short of an immense privilege for Richmond to be an audience to the delivery of his expertly crafted works. Both the most avid poetry enthusiasts and the newest to the field of verse can unite under a shared enjoyment of his brilliant and clever hand.
Hailing from Yorkshire himself, this being identifiable by his quintessentially Northern wit and charm of which is evident in his works, Armitage will be playing on home turf when he takes to the stage of the Georgian Theatre Royal on the 15th of October, for ‘An Evening of Poetry’. He will bring to life his eclectic, poignant work as part of an encore event in the Richmond Walking and Book Festival. His time at the Georgian will also coincide with the celebrations taking place for Richmond’s 950th, making this an especially exceptional occasion.
Armitage boasts the feat of being author to countless collections of poetry, many of which were recipients to both awards and critical acclaim. This impressive repertoire provides for an engaging set, taking his renowned poetry to a whole new level by hearing it delivered by none other than the poet himself.