Photo copyright Peter James Millson 2016.

The Library’s patron, Simon Armitage has been named as the UK’s 21st Poet Laureate succeeding Carol Ann Duffy who has held the post for the last 10 years.

There have been 3 other Yorkshire poet laureates: Laurence Eusden, Alfred Austin and Ted Hughes.

Britain’s highest literary honour has its roots in the 17th century, when Ben Jonson was granted a pension by King James I for his services to the crown. Simon will take home an annual stipend of £5,750, along with the traditional butt of sack: 600-odd bottles of sherry. (Very handy for our annual sherry party!)

Simon Armitage was born and lives in West Yorkshire. He is an award-winning poet, playwright and novelist and writes for radio, television, film and stage. He published his first collection Zoom! in 1989 with several full-length collections in the years since. In 2007 he published his critically acclaimed translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. In 2015, he was elected Oxford Professor of Poetry and in 2017 he was appointed Professor of Poetry at the University of Leeds. In 2010 he was appointed CBE. In 2018 he was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry “for his body of work.”

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Nowt but verse

February 21 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Nowt but verseJoin Leeds based poet Hannah Stone for  a series of regular Friday Lunchtime poetry readings at Leeds Library.In February Nowt but Verse welcomes Patrick Lodge, author of no fewer than three poetry volumes published by Yorkshire’s own Valley Press. His most recent collection explores the dark realities of Captain Cook’s voyages. Patrick tends to winter overseas so we have been lucky to pin him down for the day.Booking is free. Bring your own lunch and prepare to be…

Speculative Fiction from Hong Kong with Dorothy Tse (謝曉虹) & Natascha Bruce

February 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A reading and Q&A with acclaimed Hong Kong author Dorothy Tse (謝曉虹) and translator Natascha Bruce. 24 Feb. PWYF.

The Quiet Volume – Tues 25th to Sat 29th Feb 2020

February 25 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Quiet Volume, created by International Live Artist, Ant Hampton and Tim Etchells is an hour long, mesmerising, whispered, self-generated and 'automatic' performance for two at a time. Part of Leeds Lit Fest. Tues 25-Sat 29 Feb. Various times. £6.

The Quiet Volume – Tues 25th to Sat 29th Feb 2020

February 26 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Quiet Volume, created by International Live Artist, Ant Hampton and Tim Etchells is an hour long, mesmerising, whispered, self-generated and 'automatic' performance for two at a time. Part of Leeds Lit Fest. Tues 25-Sat 29 Feb. Various times. £6.

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