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Walking Home, By Simon Armitage
Boyd Tonkin is Literary Editor at The Independent. An award-winning journalist, he was formerly Social Policy Editor of the New Statesman and has broadcast extensively for BBC arts and current affairs programmes. He has judged the Booker Prize, the Whitbread biography award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the David Cohen Prize for a lifetime's achievement in literature.
Friday 17 May 2013
Penniless by design, the Yorkie bard set out in July 2010 to sing for his supper (and bed).
Hiking the wrong way down a cheerless Pennine Way, he earned his keep as a windswept troubadour by poetry-reading at pubs and homes, asking his listeners to bung cash into a whiffy sock.
Walking Home showcases his gifts as a comic craftsman in prose, with a flair for surprise and analogy that draws from the poet's side of his desk.
No Wordsworth, Armitage hates solitude and happily descends from the hills for repartee with eccentric fellow-ramblers.
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