Arts & Entertainment Award 2015
Simon Armitage CBE
Winner Simon Armitage CBE presented by Tanya Arnold of BBC Yorkshire.
Simon Armitage CBE was born in 1963 and lives in West Yorkshire. He is Professor of Poetry at both the University of Sheffield and Oxford. He is the author of over a dozen collections of poetry and his translations of medieval verse include Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
Armitage is also the author of two novels and three best-selling non-fiction titles, All Points North, Walking Home and Walking Away which recount his experiences of walking the Pennine Way and SW Coast Path as a modern day troubadour giving poetry readings en route and he also writes for radio and television.
His dramatisation of Homer’s Iliad, The Last Days of Troy, was performed at the Royal Exchange in Manchester and Shakespeare’s Globe in London in 2014 and a new dramatic version of Homer’s Odyssey, commissioned by English Touring Theatre, opens in Liverpool this autumn.
Armitage’s numerous awards include a BAFTA winning film Feltham Sings, for which he received an Ivor Novello Award.