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Simon Armitage: ‘I always thought, if Ted Hughes can do it why can’t I?’ - Dotemirates
07/06/2019

Simon Armitage: ‘I always thought, if Ted Hughes can do it why can’t I?’

Simon Armitage wrote his first poem when he was 10 for a school assignment. “I didn’t know what a poem was. I knew it was short, so that was appealing,” he confesses when we meet at the London offices of Faber, which has published his work for more than 25 years and where his books – 28 in all – take up a couple of shelves on an impressively appointed bookcase. His teacher selected six poems to put on the wall; Armitage’s wasn’t among them. “What particularly upset me was that for the first time, maybe ever with a bit...


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