Simon Armitage This event has now sold out - please contact the Box Office to join the waiting list. Poet Laureate Simon Armitage’s numerous awards include the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry and an Ivor Novello for song writing. His latest book, Never Good With Horses: Assembled Lyrics is the first-ever collection of Armitage’s lyric output, drawn from what he identities as ‘a twilight zone’ where poetry and song converge. Drawing on work with various musical collaborators, including DIY indie band The Scaremongers and ‘ambient post-rock’ band Land Yacht Regatta, the collection celebrates his ear for the music of language, harnessed for the page. Sponsored by: Booking Information Priority Booking for Festival Friends opens at 08.00 on Thursday 2nd of March. Tickets go on general sale from Saturday 4th March. Please note that a handling charge of 50p per ticket applies to bookings made in person or over the phone. No handling charges apply to online bookings. Hearing loops are available. Carers qualify for free ‘essential companion’ tickets. Wheelchair spaces are limited. In all cases, please call the Box Office on 01434 652477 to book (booking fees will not apply). Booking for this event has now closed.