Simon Armitage was born in West Yorkshire and is Professor of Poetry at the University of Leeds. His work draws on the rich vernacular of the north and his sequence of poems In Memory of Water is carved into six stones along the Pennine watershed between Marsden and Ilkley that now form the Stanza Stones Trail. He has published over a dozen collections of poetry and is the author of two novels and the nonfiction bestsellers All Points North, Walking Home and Walking Away. His new collection Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic was published this year. Armitage was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2018.
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