NEWLY crowned Poet Laureate Simon Armitage is heading back to one of his popular haunts.

Simon - who was the UK's official Millennium poet and in 2010 was awarded the CBE for services to poetry - will be sharing his poet and prose on Tuesday, August 13 (7.30pm) at Grasmere's Daffodil Hotel as part of the Wordsworth Trust's events programme.

The Yorkshire born, award-winning poet, playwright and novelist, has been a regular visitor to the Grasmere trust since the late, great, Wordsworth Trust director Robert Woof started the season of poetry readings in the 1990s.

Down the years, Simon's received scores of awards for his poetry, including the Sunday Times Young Author of the Year, one of the first Forward Prizes, an Eric Gregory Award, the Ivor Novello Award for songwriting, BBC Radio Best Speech Programme, Television Society Award for Documentary and Keats-Shelley Prize for Poetry. He also landed the 2017 PEN America Award for Poetry in Translation and was awarded the 2018 Queens Gold Medal for Poetry.

The Robert Woof Director of the Wordsworth Trust, Michael McGregor, said that the annual poetry reading by Simon is always a highlight of the trust’s year: "His recent appointment as Poet Laureate makes it even more special. I’m sure that Wordsworth (a previous Poet Laureate) would heartily approve."

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