Family friendly


Fri 10 Jun 2022 - Fri 10 Jun 2022


19:30 - 21:00


Wakefield Town Hall


£1.00 - £20.00

Age guidance

Recommended for people from 12 years old

Join Poet Laureate Simon Armitage in conversation with Chris Madden of Chinwag for a unique evening of poetry and discussion. Armitage will also read new work and take questions from the audience.

Simon Armitage was born and grew up in West Yorkshire. He is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry and the PEN Prize for Translation. He has published over a dozen poetry collections, including Magnetic Field, and acclaimed medieval translations of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and The Owl and the Nightingale. He is the author of two novels and three non-fiction bestsellers: All Points North, Walking Home and Walking Away. A regular broadcaster, Armitage presents the popular BBC Radio 4’s series The Poet Laureate has Gone to his Shed. He writes extensively for television and radio, most recently for BBC 2’s Where Did The World Go, A Pandemic Poem. An award-winning dramatist, his play The Last Days of Troy was performed at Shakespeare’s Globe. He writes, records and performs with the band LYR and has received an Ivor Novello Award for his song writing. Armitage is Professor of Poetry at the University of Leeds. His critical book A Vertical Art brings together the vibrant and engaging lectures from his tenure as Oxford Professor of Poetry (2015-2019).

Chris Madden’s previous guests include Billy Bragg, Irvine Welsh, Laura Snapes and Brix Smith.

This is the opening event of Long Division Festival 2022. Simon Armitage will also perform with LYR on Saturday June 11th.

Wakefield Town Hall is fully accessible to wheelchair users. Free tickets are available for carers / support. Please email Long Division directly to arrange the free ticket.

The audience will be seated for this event.

Wakefield Town Hall is in the city centre, close to Westgate Train Station and Wakefield Bus Station. Use public transport if you can.

10% of all events capacities at Long Division events are made available to U18s for £1 as part of our support for youth culture.

5% of ticket income from all Long Division events goes towards our Sustainability Fund to tackle our Environmental Impact.

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