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Celebrating the life and work of Ted Hughes

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Our Patron

Our patron is Simon Armitage CBE, who was born in the village of Marsden and lives in West Yorkshire.

From 2010 and 2012, with letter-carver Pip Hall and landscape designer Tom Lonsdale, Armitage worked on the Stanza Stones project, writing the sequence of poems In Memory of Water, the poems being carved into six stones at various sites along the South Pennine watershed between Marsden and Ilkley, now forming the 45 mile Stanza Stones Trail. The project was hosted by Ilkley Literature Festival.

As well as writing poetry, Armitage is a novelist and playwright. He also writes for radio, television, film, and opera. and is a novelist and playwright.

In addition to being the patron of the Elmet Trust, Armitage is a Vice President of the Poetry Society, a Patron of the Arvon Foundation, a Patron of the Friends of Yorkshire Sculpture Park, a Patron of the Wordsworth Trust.

For his commitment and achievements in literature he has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by the University of Portsmouth, the University of Huddersfield, the Open University and by Sheffield Hallam University. In 2004 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

In 2010, for services to poetry, Armitage was awarded the CBE.

In 2011 Armitage was appointed Professor of Poetry at the University of Sheffield.

In 2015 he was appointed Professor of Poetry at Oxford University.

You can read Simon Armitage‚Äôs full biography here.


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