Simon Armitage

Poetry competition: An ode to Brexit

19 August 2019 15:43

‘Poetry makes nothing happen,’ a famous poet once said. But Mr S is still disappointed to hear that the nation’s official poet won’t…

What exactly is the point of the Oxford Professor of Poetry? And will Wole win it?

2 June 2015 16:24

‘People are terribly interested in the election,’ said Christopher Ricks before his 2004 inaugural lecture as Oxford Professor of Poetry,…

Rod Liddle: my favourite books of the year

18 December 2014 15:32

I’ve been away in Oslo. Not the world’s most exciting destination, I have to say. And the locals really do…