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An Evening with Simon Armitage

Article by Kate Dempsey © 21 August 2019.
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One of my favourite poets!


Wed 4th September, 7pm, Rua Red


Red Line Book Festival is delighted to welcome Simon Armitage, the UK’s new Poet Laureate for a very special event to mark the launch of their 2019 festival. Simon Armitage, whose work spans sharp observations about modern life and classical myths, will hold the historic post for the next decade, taking over from Dame Carol Ann Duffy.

The Poet Laureate will read from his latest collection, Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic, which features work composed for an assortment of projects, commissions, collaborations, residencies and events that Armitage has participated in over the course of his writing career, collected together for the first time.

Celebrated as ‘the most popular and prolific British poet of his generation’, Armitage has published thirty poetry collections, two novels and four non-fiction bestsellers. His theatre works include The Last Days of Troy, performed at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2014.

He has won numerous awards for his poetry, including the 2017 PEN America Award for Poetry in Translation and was awarded the 2018 Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. He was awarded a CBE in 2010. The West Yorkshire writer is currently Professor of Poetry at the University of Leeds and served as Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford from 2015 to 2019.

The evening is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to hear Armitage, a poet at the height of his powers, read from his latest work in the intimate surrounds of Rua Red and mark the launch of the 2019 Red Line Book Festival programme, which runs from 7th – 13th October 2019.

Tickets now on sale from www.redlinebookfestival.ie

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KATE DEMPSEY runs writing.ie's Poetic License blog and is our poetry guru. She is a writer and a blogger living in Maynooth. She writes fiction and non-fiction as well as poetry and is widely published in Ireland and abroad, in magazines, anthologies and on the radio. She fits this around her family and a full time job, writing on the sofa, on the train and in that little coffeeshop on the corner.

Poetry can be a solitary activity and she appreciates the support she received from the online community, particularly when starting out. She is excited about continuing the dialogue with her blog here.