Simon Armitage (b.1963) is one of the UK’s best known and loved poets. He was born in the village of Marsden and lives in West Yorkshire. Until 1994 he worked as a probation officer in Greater Manchester.
Since his debut collection Zoom (Bloodaxe, 1989) was awarded a Poetry Book Society Choice, his work has gained a reputation and audience far beyond most contemporary poets. He is also a prolific writer: his many collections include Kid (Faber & Faber, 1992), Book of Matches (Faber & Faber, 1993), Cloud Cuckoo Land (Faber & Faber, 1997), The Universal Home Doctor (Faber & Faber, 2002) and Seeing Stars (Faber & Faber, 2010), alongside highly acclaimed translations.
His prose works include two novels and a best-selling memoir, All Points North (Penguin, 1998). He has also written extensively for radio, television, film and stage, including four stage plays and a dramatisation of The Odyssey for BBC Radio 4. His play for Radio 4, Black Roses: The Killing of Sophie Lancaster, about the true story of a teenager brutally set upon in a park by a gang for being a Goth, received unprecedented listener feedback.
His work has received numerous awards including being shortlisted five times for the T S Eliot Prize, the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year, the Keats Shelley Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle Award in the USA. He was awarded a CBE in 2010 for services to poetry.