Simon Armitage

Poet, playwright, librettist and author

Close-up black and white photo of a man with pale skin tone and short hair Simon Armitage, by Roderick Field, 1998, NPG x88093, © Roderick Field

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)