Simon Armitage elected Honorary Fellow

Trinity College is delighted to announce the election of the writer and poet Simon Armitage as an Honorary Fellow of the College, to coincide with the culmination of his four-year term as Oxford Professor of Poetry.  Simon has held an Honorary Visiting Fellowship throughout his tenure as Oxford Professor of Poetry and the Fellows of Trinity are delighted that the relationship will continue.  The news comes hot on the heels of the appointment of Simon Armitage as Poet Laureate for a fixed term of ten years.

The President of Trinity College, Dame Hilary Boulding said: ‘Simon is an inspirational artist whose poetry connects to the widest audience.  He has an extraordinary ability to reflect our lives and surroundings back to us through exquisite writing.  The whole Trinity community is thrilled that he has accepted the position of Honorary Fellow of the College and we are enormously excited by his appointment as Poet Laureate.’

Simon Armitage has been a familiar figure at Trinity during his tenure as Oxford Professor of Poetry between 2015-2019.  He combined his termly lectures for Oxford University with generous support of Trinity students seeking to develop their own writing.  Simon has published 28 collections of poetry and his work has been studied by millions of children as part of the national curriculum. He has received numerous awards for his poetry and in 2010 was awarded a CBE for services to poetry.

Upon being elected, Simon Armitage said: ‘I am delighted to be appointed an Honorary Fellow of Trinity College. Trinity has been my base and provided the perfect foundation for my four years as Oxford Professor of Poetry, and I am proud that the association will continue into the future. Thank you to everyone at the College for their support and encouragement.’

His valedictory lecture as Oxford Professor of Poetry will be on 15 May.  The event is free and open to the public

Posted: 14 May 2019

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