Great Hall Event - An evening of poetry with Simon Armitage and Daljit Nagra


An evening of poetry with Simon Armitage and Daljit Nagra 

Join us for this rare dynamic double-bill of two award-winning poets writing at the height of their powers. As well as being two of the most exciting and relevant poets in the UK today Simon Armitage, Oxford Professor of Poetry, and Daljit Nagra, Poet in Residence for Radio 4, are also experienced broadcasters whose work is widely studied in schools. Daljit Nagra will read from his new collection British Museum - a book that asks profound questions of our ethics and responsibilities at a time of great challenge to our sense of national identity. Simon Armitage will read from his latest collection The Unaccompanied, which documents a world on the brink.

A discussion and Q&A will follow the reading after which both poets will sign copies of their books. 

This event is  part of  the Swansea University’s Centenary Lecture Series curated and chaired  by Owen Sheers, the University’s  professor in creativity.

FREE EVENT in association with Being Human: A Festival of the Humanities - booking required.

The festival, now in its fourth year, is led by the  School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the  Arts & Humanities Research Council and the  British Academy. This partnership draws together the three major bodies dedicated to supporting and promoting humanities research in the UK and internationally.

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Thursday 23 November 7.30 pm

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Thu 23rd Nov


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Simon Armitage was born in West Yorkshire and is a poet who also writes extensively for television, radio and theatre. His new collection of poetry The Unaccompanied documents a world on the brink. Armitage has won numerous awards and accolades, including the 2017 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation for his work on the medieval elegy Pearl  and a prestigious Ivor Novello Award for his song lyrics in the television film Feltham Sings. He is Professor of Poetry at the University of Leeds and was elected Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford in 2015. He was awarded the CBE for services to poetry in 2010.

Daljit Nagra was born and raised in West London, then Sheffield. He currently lives in Harrow with his wife and daughters. In 2004 his poem ‘Look We Have Coming to Dover!’ won the Forward Prize for Best Individual Poem, and his first collection of the same name won the 2007 Forward Prize for Best First Collection, was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award and won the 2008 South Bank Show/Arts Council Decibel Award. Tippoo Sultan's Incredible White-Man-Eating Tiger Toy-Machine!!! (2011) and the Ramayana (2013) were both shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize. He teaches at Brunel University London and is currently Poet-in-Residence at BBC Radio 4 and 4 Extra. His most recent collection is British Museum (2017). Find out more at

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