- Job title: Professor of Poetry
- Faculty: Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures
- School: School of English
Simon Armitage was born and lives in West Yorkshire. He has taught at Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop, The University of Sheffield, and in 2015 was appointed Oxford University Professor of Poetry. He has published nine full-length collections of poetry, including Paper Aeroplane, Selected Poems 1989 -2014 and The Unaccompanied (2017). In 2007 he published his critically acclaimed translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. He is also the author of several non-fiction titles such as All Points North and Walking Home, two novels, and numerous plays; his adaptations of Homer’s Odyssey and the Iliad were performed at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. He is also a broadcaster, librettist and song-lyricist, and has written extensively for radio and television. In 2017 he was appointed Professor of Poetry at the University of Leeds.