Simon Armitage is the UK Poet Laureate and was Oxford Professor of Poetry (2015-2019). His numerous accolades include an Ivor Novello Award for song-writing in the BAFTA-winning film Feltham Sings.
Armitage has published 28 collections of poetry. His latest, Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic, features ‘Zodiac T Shirt’ performed at the launch of Beck’s Song Reader. His best-selling memoirs include Gig: The Life and Times of a Rock-star Fantasist about the formation of his band The Scaremongers. Professor of Poetry at the University of Leeds, Armitage is a regular contributor on BBC Radio 6 Music’s Radcliffe and Maconie, a translator of medieval poetry and a performer/songwriter with the band Land Yacht Regatta.