Simon Armitage is one of our best known poets. He was born in West Yorkshire and is Professor of Poetry at the University of Sheffield. He has published ten collections of poetry, is the author of two novels as well as the bestselling memoir, All Points North. In 2010 he received the CBE for his services to poetry. Armitage's 2012 book Walking Home, an account of his troubadour journey along the Pennine Way, was a Sunday Times best-seller for over a month. He has now followed up that journey with a walk of the same distance but through the very opposite terrain and direction far from home. In Walking Away Simon Armitage swaps the moorland uplands of the north for the coastal fringes of Britain's south west, once again giving readings every night, but this time through Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, taking poetry into distant communities and tourist hot-spots, busking his way from start to finish. From the surreal pleasuredome of Minehead Butlins to a smoke-filled roundhouse on the Penwith Peninsula then out to the Isles of Scilly and beyond, Armitage tackles this personal Odyssey with all the poetic reflection and personal wit we've come to expect of one of Britain's best loved and most popular writers.
Simon will also be publishing his new translation of Pearl at the time he comes to Aylsham. A follow up to his translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl is another of the poems from that manuscript.