6 - 20 October 2017

Main Event

An Evening with Simon Armitage

  • 6
  • Mar

2017

Monday

7.30pm

Head and shoulders image of Simon Armitage with a pen in his mouthPaul Wolfgang Webster

  • Head and shoulders image of Simon Armitage with a pen in his mouth

Manchester Literature Festival is delighted to welcome back one of Britain’s leading poets and playwrights. A prolific writer, Armitage has published two novels, 11 collections of poetry including Paper Aeroplane: Selected Poems 1989-2014, Seeing Stars and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and the non-fiction best-sellers All Points North, Walking Home and Walking Away. The Sunday Telegraph described him as ‘that rare beast: a poet whose work is ambitious, accomplished and complex as well as popular.’

Come and join the launch of his much-anticipated new volume of poems, The Unaccompanied. A bold and timely collection, The Unaccompanied is set against a backdrop of social division and economic recession, where mass media, the mass market and globalization has made alienation a commonplace experience and where the solitary imagination drifts and conjures. Shaped by Armitage’s characteristic wit, insight and empathy, The Unaccompanied documents a world on the brink, where Odysseus stalks the aisles of cut-price supermarkets in search of direction and where the star of Bethlehem rises over industrial Yorkshire.

Doors open at 7pm. Copies of The Unaccompanied will be on sale for £14.99 on the night. Ticket & book options include a discounted copy.