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Discovering People

Each year the Society invites three well-known public figures who we believe have interesting personal views on society, the environment, and the world in general to share their thoughts and experiences through our Discovering People series.

Past Discovering People events have included John Sergeant, Ian Hislop, Paul Theroux, Catherine Destivelle, Chris Patten, Jan Morris, David Puttnam, Stephen Fry, Joanna Lumley, Chris Bonington, Tim Smit, Professor Richard Dawkins, Yotam Ottolenghi, William Dalrymple, David Attenborough, Don McCullin, and Frank Gardner.

Guests have been informally interviewed by Libby Purves, Martine Croxall and others.

Discovering People: Simon Armitage

 Thursday 22 March, 7.00pm

This spring we welcome multi-award-winning poet Simon Armitage to the Society in conversation with Martine Croxall.

Simon Armitage was born in Marsden, West Yorkshire and is an award-winning poet and lyricist who also writes extensively for theatre, television and radio. A Geography graduate from Portsmouth University, he worked as a Probation Officer before becoming a full-time writer.

Armitage has won numerous accolades including a prestigious Ivor Novello Award for his lyrics in the television film 'Feltham Sings'. He is Professor of Poetry at the University of Leeds and was elected Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford in 2015.

Recently Armitage published his eleventh collection of poetry, 'The Unaccompanied'. His best-selling memoirs, 'Walking Home' and 'Walking Away', recount trying his luck as a modern-day troubadour along the Pennine Way and SW Coast Path.

Armitage’s interest in the poetry of place is revealed by commissions to write poems that can be seen or heard in the landscape.

He was awarded the CBE for services to poetry in 2010. He is regarded as one of our greatest living poets.

Tickets: £10, RGS-IBG members £7. telephone 020 7591 3100 email events@rgs.org

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