Simon Armitage is a poet, playwright, novelist and broadcaster. He was born in 1963 in the village of Marsden and lives in West Yorkshire. He has recently been appointed Professor of Poetry at Oxford University.
His poetry collections include Book of Matches (1993), The Dead Sea Poems (1995), Tyrannosaurus Rex Versus The Corduroy Kid (2006) and Paper Aeroplane (2015). He has written two novels, Little Green Man (2001) and The White Stuff (2004), as well as a bestselling memoir All Points North (1998). In 2012, he published Walking Home, a Sunday Times bestseller which chronicled his 264-mile walk along the Pennine Way. His latest work is Walking Away (2015), where he swaps the moorland uplands of the north for the coastal fringes of Britain's south west.
Simon also writes for radio, television, film and stage. He is the author of four stage plays, including Mister Heracles, a version of Euripides' The Madness of Heracles. He has presented films for BBC4 on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Arthurian Literature and on the Odyssey, sailing from Troy in Turkey to the Greek island of Ithaca.
He has received numerous awards for his poetry, including The Sunday Times Author of the Year, a Forward Prize, a Lannan Award, and an Ivor Novello Award.