Simon Robert Armitage

Simon Robert Armitage CBE, FRSL (born 26 May 1963) is an English poet, playwright, and novelist. He was appointed Poet Laureate on 10 May 2019. He is professor of poetry at the University of Leeds.

He has published over 20 collections of poetry, starting with Zoom! in 1989. Many of his poems concern his home town in West Yorkshire; these are collected in Magnetic Field: The Marsden Poems. He has translated classic poems including the Odyssey, The Death of King Arthur, Pearl, and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. He has written several travel books including Moon Country and Walking Home: Travels with a Troubadour on the Pennine Way. He has edited poetry anthologies including one on the work of Ted Hughes. He has participated in numerous television and radio documentaries, dramatizations, and travelogues.

Books in order of publication:

Poetry collections

Zoom! (Bloodaxe Books, 1989)

Kid (Faber and Faber, 1992)

Xanadu (Bloodaxe Books, 1992)

Book of Matches (Faber and Faber, 1993)

The Dead Sea Poems (Faber and Faber, 1995)

CloudCuckooLand (Faber and Faber, 1997)

Killing Time (Faber and Faber, 1999)

Selected Poems (Faber and Faber, 2001, contains poems from 6 earlier books)

The Universal Home Doctor (Faber and Faber, 2002)

Travelling Songs (Faber and Faber, 2002)

The Shout: Selected Poems (Harcourt, 2005)

Tyrannosaurus Rex Versus The Corduroy Kid (Faber and Faber, 2006)

The Not Dead (Pomona Books, 2008)

Out of the Blue (Enitharmon Press, 2008)

Seeing Stars (Faber and Faber, 2010)

Stanza Stones (Enitharmon Press, 2013)

Paper Aeroplane, Selected Poems 1989-2014 (Faber and Faber, 2014, contains poems from earlier collections)

Still – A Poetic Response to Photographs of the Somme Battlefield (Enitharmon Press, 2016)

The Unaccompanied (Faber and Faber, 2017)

Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic (Faber and Faber, 2019)

Magnetic Field: The Marsden Poems (Faber and Faber, 2020, contains poems from earlier collections)

Moon Country (with Glyn Maxwell, 1996)


Eclipse (1997)

All Points North (1998)

Mister Heracles After Euripides (2000)

Little Green Man (2001)

The White Stuff (2004)

King Arthur in the East Riding (Pocket Penguins, 2005)

Jerusalem (2005)

The Twilight Readings (2008)

Gig: The Life and Times of a Rock-star Fantasist (2008)

Walking Home: Travels with a Troubadour on the Pennine Way (2012)

Walking Away : Further Travels with a Troubadour on the South West Coast Path (2015)

Mansions in the Sky (2017)

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