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Poet laureate Simon Armitage writes Ukraine war poem Resistance

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The poet laureate, Simon Armitage, has written a poem about the invasion of Ukraine and the pain of displacement, as a mark of solidarity with those under fire. Resistance was written over a few days against a backdro...

Ode to a Twitter spat: Simon Armitage and John Tiffany’s bird play

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The Owl and the Nightingale may have been written 800 years ago, but its anonymous author shows that human nature nearly never changes: two rivals’ joust in the tree tops using words as lances to try to wound the othe...

A strange poem for strange times: a response to Cop26

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I wanted to react to Cop26 – so many of my friends and colleagues have been emboldened by the conversation it has generated. And strange times sometimes lead to strange poems. I was trying to chart the peculiar dream-...

TV tonight: poet laureate Simon Armitage takes stock of the pandemic

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“There was a world once, but where did it go?” With the richer countries perhaps approaching at least the beginning of the end of the pandemic, it’s time to take stock. This affecting film combines the words of the p...

Chimps in lingerie from a magical master – Michael Armitage: Paradise Edict review

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The holes in Michael Armitage’s paintings are worrying. He paints on lubugo bark cloth, which plainly isn’t as strong as canvas and naturally breaks in places to create these disappearances. It’s a lovely effect, sugg...

Windows on the world: pandemic poems by Simon Armitage, Hollie McNish, Kae Tempest and more

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I was just about the busiest I’d ever been when lockdown arrived, so it was a huge change, and some of that’s been quite good for me. I’ve slowed down, I’ve caught up with a lot of deadlines. But from a creative poin...

Prince Philip: royal family releases photo montage set to elegy by Simon Armitage – video

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The royal family have released a reading of The Patriarchs – An Elegy by Simon Armitage to mark the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral. The poet laureate said that he wanted the poem to address the duke’s values and personal...