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Simon Armitage was born in 1963 and lives in West Yorkshire.

He has published nine volumes of poetry including Killing Time, 1999 (Faber & Faber) and Selected Poems, 2001 (Faber & Faber) His most recent collections are The Universal Home Doctor and Travelling Songs, both published by Faber & Faber in 2002. He has received numerous awards for his poetry including the Sunday Times Author of the Year, one of the first Forward Prizes and a Lannan Award.

 

He writes for radio, television and film, and is the author of four stage plays,
including Mister Heracles, a version of the Euripides play The Madness of Heracles. His recent dramatisation of The Odyssey, commissioned by the BBC, was broadcast on Radio 4 in 2004 and is available through BBC Worldwide. It is published by Faber and Faber in May 2006 and by Norton in the US. He received an Ivor Novello Award for his song-lyrics in the Channel 4 film Feltham Sings, which also won a BAFTA.

His first novel, Little Green Man, was published by Penguin in 2001. His second novel The White Stuff was published in 2004.

Simon Armitage has taught at the University of Leeds and the University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop, and is currently a senior lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University. With Robert Crawford he edited The Penguin Anthology of Poetry from Britain and Ireland Since 1945. Other anthologies include Short and Sweet – 101 Very Short Poems, and a selection of Ted Hughes’ poetry, both published by Faber & Faber.

The Shout, a book of new and selected poems was published in the US in April 2005 by Harcourt. He is currently working on a translation of the middle English classic poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, commissioned by Faber & Faber in the UK and Norton in the US.

His latest collection of poems, Tyrannosaurus Rex Versus the Corduroy Kid is published by Faber and faber in September 2006.

The above taken Simon Armitage's Website with thanks. Great site, one of the best author/poets sites that we have seen. Well worth a visit.

Poetry
Zoom! (1989, Bloodaxe Books)
Xanadu (1992, Bloodaxe Books)
Kid (1992, Faber & Faber)
Book of Matches (1993, Faber & Faber)
Moon Country with Glyn Maxwell (1994, Faber & Faber)
The Dead Sea Poems (1995, Faber & Faber)
CloudCuckooLand (1997, Faber & Faber)
Killing Time (1999, Faber & Faber)
Selected Poems (2001, Faber & Faber)
Travelling Songs (2002, Faber & Faber)
The Universal Home Doctor (2002, Faber & Faber)
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (2006, Faber & Faber)
Tyrannosaurus Rex Versus the Corduroy Kid (2006, Faber & Faber)
Twilight Readings (2008, Yorkshire Sculpture Park)
Out of the Blue (2008, Enitharmon Press)

Fiction
White Stuff
Little Green Man

Non-fiction
Gig
All Points North

Prizes and Awards

1988 Eric Gregory Award
1992 One of the First Forward Poetry Prizes for Kid
1993 Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year
1994 Lannan Award
1998 Yorkshire Post Book of the Year for All Points North
2003 BAFTA winner
2003 Ivor Novello Award for songwriting
2004 Fellow of Royal Society for Literature
2005 Spoken Word Award (Gold) for The Odyssey

2006 Royal Television Society Documentary Award Winner for Out of the Blue 

2008 The Not Dead (C4, Century Films) Mental Health in the Media Documentary Film Winner

Zoom! was a Poetry Book Society Choice.
Kid was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and was short-listed for the Whitbread Prize.
The Dead Sea Poems
was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and was short-listed for the Whitbread Prize, the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Forward Prize.
Killing Time is the one-thousand line poem commissioned by the New Millennium Experience Company.
The Universal Home Doctor was shortlisted for the T.S Eliot Prize.
The Shout was shortlisted for the Nation Book Critics Circle Award (US).


 


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