Simon Armitage was born and grew up in West Yorkshire. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. He has published over a dozen poetry collections, including Magnetic Field, and acclaimed medieval translations of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and The Owl and the Nightingale. He is the author of three non-fiction bestsellers: All Points North, Walking Home and Walking Away. Armitage also writes extensively for television, most recently for BBC 2’s Where Did The World Go and presents the popular BBC Radio 4 series The Poet Laureate has Gone to his Shed. He writes, records and performs with the band LYR and has received an Ivor Novello Award for his song writing. Armitage is Professor of Poetry at the University of Leeds. His critical book A Vertical Art brings together the vibrant lectures from his tenure as Oxford Professor of Poetry (2015-2019).