Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
The poet, appearing at Latitude Festival this weekend,
explains how he found the "globe granite underfoot"
Simon Armitage CBE begins the interview with an interesting
admission: “You can’t write poems every day. You can’t always live at that
pitch.” Armitage is one of our most in-demand and widely studied poets,
whom Poetry Review has described as “the front man of his
He’s explaining why his latest book is not poetry, but an
account of a long-distance walk he completed in the summer of 2010. Walking
Home blends observations floral, ornithological and geological with
memoir, travel narrative and a few poems Armitage composed en route. The
result is engaging, funny and genuinely revealing, both of the diverse
landscapes he traverses, and of the life of a poet; just as he intended.