Simon Armitage is the poet of his generation as Auden was for the 1930s and Larkin the 1950s. Emerging in the late 1980s, his Yorkshire street wit had, in the Guardian’swords, “a game-changing influence on his contemporaries”. He has gone on to write and perform in a range of forms including novels, non-fiction, drama, versions of the classics, and TV films. A great walker, he once busked the Pennine Way to make the book Walking Home.
His new book, The Unaccompanied, returns to poetry, reflecting our world of unreliable seasons and unstable coordinates. He is the current Oxford Professor of Poetry. He discusses his work and writing career with Kate Kellaway, Poetry Editor of the Observer.