Portsmouth alumnus named as UK’s new Poet Laureate

Portsmouth alumnus Simon Armitage has been approved by Her Majesty The Queen to be the country’s new Poet Laureate for the next 10 years.

Armitage studied Geography at Portsmouth in the early 1980s when it was a Polytechnic, and lived in Southsea during his time in the city – a period he has cited as an influence on his work. He went on to have a successful career as a poet, playwright and novelist, receiving national acclaim. The University awarded him an honorary doctor of letters in 1996, and he later received a CBE for services to poetry in 2010.

In his new role, Armitage hopes to “celebrate and speak on behalf of the variety of voices who contribute to the rich chorus of British poetry from a wide range of personal, literary and cultural experiences, and to help poetry explore its potential in a multi-faceted, multi-vocal and multi-media age.”

Read more on Simon Armitage’s appointment here.

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  1. Always glad to see another artist get recognised

  2. So pleased!

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