BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival: Writing Life

In association with Insights at Newcastle University

Sage Two

A restricted number of tickets will be available on the day on a first come first served basis.

Simon Armitage has been described as ‘the best poet of his generation’. His latest collection explores life against a backdrop of economic recession and social division where globalisation has made alienation a common experience. He was born in West Yorkshire and lives near Saddleworth Moor.

His work includes his translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and books exploring the South west’s coast path and the Pennine Way. He joins Alexandra Harris, the author of Weatherland, a history of English weather, to discuss time and place. Chaired by Radio 3 presenter Philip Dodd.

Simon Armitage is the author of many collections of poetry. His new work is The Unaccompanied. He has received many awards for his work and is Professor of Poetry at Oxford University.

Alexandra Harris is Professor of Literature at the University of Liverpool and a New Generation Thinker. She is the author of Weatherland: Writers and Artists under English Skies and Romantic Moderns.


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  • A restricted number of tickets will be available on the day on a first come first served basis.
  • Please take your seats 10 minutes prior to the event start time otherwise you may lose your place.


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