Simon Armitage Interview

26 Oct, 2014 by

Simon Armitage Interview

In 1989, Simon Armitage burst into prominence with his debut collection of poetry, Zoom! It was hailed as the beginning of an exceptional new talent. Over the next twenty-five years, Simon has exceeded those initial high expectations, beginning one of the most interesting and influential poets of his generation. Simon has published a dozen collections of poetry, written fiction and non-fiction, composed plays, been a broadcaster and a singer. He’s a Professor of poetry at the University of Sheffield, been awarded numerous honorary degrees and prizes, he’s a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he’s even been awarded the CBE for services to poetry.

Well his latest book, Paper Aeroplane, is a collection of that poetry to date. It draws on not only his major published works, like Zoom!, but also his work with smaller presses, such as The Not Dead and Out of the Blue. All up there are twenty-one sources represented in Paper Aeroplane, so it’s the perfect place to start if you want to get a comprehensive overview of this great and continuing talent.

In town for the Brisbane Writers Festival, Simon talked to Sky Kirkham about being studied, ‘performance’, and dissent. Originally broadcast 16/10/2014. Paper Aeroplane is out through Allen & Unwin.

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