Simon Armitage

Poet, playwright, librettist and author

Writing includes Walking Home, a translation of ‘Sir Gawain and the Green Knight’ and the collections Seeing Stars and The Shout.


... Take heart, a boy
could do worse than be a spotter of metaphors.’
From ‘The Metaphor Now Standing at Platform 8’ in Kid (London: Faber & Faber, 1992)


You’re beautiful because you sponsored a parrot in a zoo
I’m ugly because when I sigh it’s like the slow collapse of a circus tent.
From ‘You’re Beautiful’ in Tyrannosaurus Rex Versus the Corduroy Kid (London: Faber & Faber, 2006)


Simon Armitage
by Roderick Field
bromide print, 1998
NPG x88093
© Roderick Field