One Minute With: Simon Armitage
Friday 02 October 2009
Where are you now and what can you see?
I'm in my office and I can see trees.
What are you currently reading?
I'm chairing the TS Eliot Poetry Prize so I'm reading pretty much every poetry book published in the UK this year, though not simultaneously, although it feels like it at times.
Choose a favourite author, and say why you like her/him
At the moment, it is an anonymous author of a poem called Alliterative Morte Arthure, which I'm translating from Middle English. I have begun to sense something of the author within the lines, a sense of humour and purpose.
What distracts you from writing?
Music and emails.
Describe the room where you usually write
It's a square, light yellow room above the garage. I would say it's a den.
Which fictional character most resembles you?
I'm probably Spiderman. I live an everyday, commonplace life until duty calls. Then I slip into my superhero costume and go out there righting the wrongs of the world with these delicate webs spun from my hand.
What are your readers like when you meet them?
I meet my readers all the time. It's very noticeable that they are a very broad spectrum.
Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature?
He's dead now and I don't suppose I would have wanted him round for dinner, but I have a sneaking respect for (the fellwalker) Alfred Wainwright. He went stumbling around the hills of Britain in a car coat and with no compass, and insisted on his handwriting rather than printed text.
Simon Armitage has been commissioned to write a poem to celebrate the Poetry Society's centenary on National Poetry Day on Thursday 8 October
Will explain back story to fictional kingdom Westeros
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 'Nasa Confirms Six Days of Darkness in December': No, they don't - it's a hoax
- 2 Canadian actor punched in face after 'Islamophobia' experiment goes wrong in wake of Ottawa shooting
- 3 Woman blinded as a child can see again after hitting her head on a coffee table
- 4 Paul Hollywood: Police asked if I wanted them to arrest Mary Berry for vandalism after she 'defaced' my car
- 5 If you think Russell Brand’s new book is confused, you should read what his critics have to say about it
JK Rowling's Harry Potter Halloween stories: Dolores Umbridge was based on real person she 'disliked intensely'
This is what a film sex scene actually looks like on set (mostly awkward)
Cumberbacklash: Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange riles Marvel fans
Best horror films of all time
Benedict Cumberbatch describes the 'explosive' Sherlock sex scene that will never happen
Pope Francis declares evolution and Big Bang theory are real and God is not 'a magician with a magic wand'
Huge surge in Ukip support after EU funding row, according to new poll
Ukip ‘exploiting grooming scandal’ to secure party’s first police chief
Nigel Farage: 'There’s nothing wrong with white people blacking up'
Maureen Lipman says 'she can't vote Labour while Ed Miliband is leader'
Muslims, immigration and teenage pregnancy: British people are ignorant about almost everything