OUTSIDE Arts presents – Simon Armitage

Reading from ‘Sir Gawain & The Green Knight’ + book signing.

We are delighted to welcome Poet Laureate Simon Armitage to the Foxlowe Arts Centre.

Simon Armitage will be reading from his highly acclaimed 2009 translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. This story, first told in the late fourteenth century, is one of the most enthralling, enigmatic and beloved poems in the English language.

Armitage’s version is meticulously responsive to the tact, sophistication and dramatic intensity of the original. It is as if, six hundred years apart, two poets set out on a journey through the same mesmeric landscape – physical, allegorical and acoustic – in the course of which the Gawain poet has finally found his true translator.

In 2018, Faber published a new illustrated edition in which the medieval poem’s key episodes have been visualised into a series of bold, richly textured screen-prints by British artist Clive Hicks-Jenkins. There will be a slideshow of these illustrations to accompany the reading.

This presentation is supported by The Arts Council and is a collaboration between OUTSIDE Arts, The Foxlowe Arts Centre. It is part of Leek Loves Books and Leek Arts Festival.

Tickets are £15 + online booking fee

‘I enjoyed it greatly for its kick and music; its high spirits, its many memorable passages. I enjoyed it because, like the Gawain poet, Armitage is some storyteller.’ The Guardian

Thursday 30th May, 2024

Door time: 7:00pm

Start time: 7:30pm

All ages (under 16s must be accompanied by an adult)

Ticket price: £15.00




May 30 2024


Door time: 7:00pm
7:30 pm



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Foxlowe Arts Centre
Market Place, Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 6AD