Simon Armitage was born in West Yorkshire and is Professor of Poetry at the University of Sheffield. A recipient of numerous prizes and awards, he has published eleven collections of poetry, including Paper Aeroplane: Selected Poems 1989–2014 and his acclaimed translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (2007).
He also writes extensively for television and radio. His radio work has won him the Gold Award at the 2005 Spoken Word Awards and BBC Radio Best Speech Programme in 2011.
Armitage is the author of two novels and the non-fiction bestsellers All Points North (1998) Walking Home (2012), which was widely praised, and Walking Away (2015), which recounts his walk around the Southwest coast of Britain giving free poetry readings.
His theatre works include The Last Days of Troy, performed at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2014. In 1999, Armitage was named the Millennium Poet and in 2004, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. In 2010 he received the CBE for services to poetry and in 2015 was appointed Professor of Poetry at Oxford University.