Bolton School Sixth Form Girls

Poetry Festival with Simon Armitage

Monday 2 March 2020, 6.45pm 
Bolton School Girls Division Great Hall 

At this annual celebration of creative writing at Bolton School, a group of talented young writers will read their own poems in the first half hour of our Poetry Festival before a reading from the poet Simon Armitage.

In addition to his role as UK Poet Laureate, Simon was elected Oxford Professor of Poetry 2015-2019. His numerous accolades include the 2018 Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry and an Ivor Novello Award for song-writing in the BAFTA-winning film, Feltham Sings. His poetry has been part of GCSE and A level studies in this country for nearly two decades now. This Spring sees publication of his forthcoming book Magnetic Field, which gathers together his poems on Marsden, the Yorkshire village where he grew up and began life as a writer. Armitage also writes extensively for theatre, television and radio, and is the author of two novels and the non-fiction bestsellers All Points North, Walking Home and Walking Away. He was appointed Professor of Poetry at Leeds University in 2017.

Pupil poetry readings will take place from 6.45pm to 7.15pm.

Simon Armitage will read a selection of his works from 7.30pm to 8.30pm, followed by book signings.


Event Contact: Mrs J Hone, Academic Enrichment Coordinator for the Arts (


This event part of an ongoing series of Arts and Sciences Enrichment Lectures hosted by the Girls’ Division. Click here to view the programme of events for 2019/20. Subscribe to our mailing list to receive information and reminders about forthcoming events in 2019/20 and beyond.

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Photo credit: Peter James Millson