An award-winning British poet, playwright, novelist, lyricist and broadcaster, Simon Armitage also writes extensively for television and radio. He is the author of almost a dozen collections of poetry, most recently The Unaccompanied (March 2017) and Paper Aeroplane: Selected Poems 1989-2014. He has also published two novels and three best-selling non-fiction titles, All Points North, Walking Home and Walking Away. Armitage’s writing for television and radio includes the BAFTA-winning film Feltham Sings for which he received a prestigious Ivor Novello Award for song-writing. His translations of medieval verse include his acclaimed Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and his recent translation of Pearl. He is Professor of Poetry at the University of Sheffield and was elected Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford in 2015. He was awarded a CBE in 2010 for services to poetry.
One of the most compelling voices in American poetry, Terrance Hayes is the author of five books of poetry; How to Be Drawn (2015); Lighthead (2010), winner of the 2010 National Book Award in Poetry; Wind in a Box, winner of a Pushcart Prize; Hip Logic, winner of the National Poetry Series; and Muscular Music, winner of both the Whiting Writers Award and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. He has been a recipient of many other honours including a 2014 MacArthur Foundation Genius Award. His poems have appeared in literary journals and magazines including The New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, Harvard Review, and Poetry.