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Live Age Afternoon with Simon Armitage

Friday 28 September 2018

Join us for an afternoon of performance, discussion and poetry in the New Vic Theatre as part of the Live Age Festival.

The Live Age Afternoon is chaired by Professor David Amigoni, Pro Vice-Chancellor at Keele University, and features a performance of ground-breaking theatre from the West Yorkshire Playhouse, discussion on new perspectives on living with dementia, and an hour of poetry from Simon Armitage.


The Live Age Conversation
1.30pm – 3.00pm

David Amigoni (Keele University) will chair a panel of speakers taking a fresh look at how we talk about living with dementia.

This event is part of the Live Age Festival programme, which celebrates later life creativity and is a partnership between the New Vic Theatre, Keele University, and Age UK North Staffordshire. The full programme is available at, and is supported through The Baring Foundation and Arts Council England.


Live Age Afternoon with Simon Armitage
3.00pm – 4.00pm

The most popular English poet since Larkin” – The Sunday Times.

Simon Armitage is joining us at Live Age Festival to read from his range of poetry and answer questions.
Simon Armitage was born in West Yorkshire. A former probation officer, he is an award-winning poet who also writes extensively for television, theatre and radio. The style and social relevance of his work appeal across generations.

His numerous awards include the Hay Medal for Poetry and a prestigious Ivor Novello Award for lyrics in the BAFTA-winning film about young offenders, Feltham Sings. Armitage has published over a dozen collections of poetry including his latest books, The Unaccompanied (Faber) and Flit (Yorkshire Sculpture Park). His acclaimed translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Faber), a medieval verse associated with the Staffordshire Moorlands, has sold more than 100,000 copies.

Armitage is Professor of Poetry at the University of Leeds and was elected Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford in 2015. He was awarded the CBE for services to poetry in 2010.

Standard £8
Concessions £5

Under 26’s go free (Not available online. Contact Box Office on 01782 717962 to book)


Friday 28 September 2018

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