Simon Armitage has been named as United Kingdom’s new Poet Laureate. He succeeds Carol Ann Duffy in the 10-year post. Queen Elizabeth II has approved the appointment which is Britain’s highest literary honour.
Simon Armitage :
- Armitage, a professor of poetry at the University of Leeds, has published 28 collections of poetry and his work is studied by British schoolchildren as part of the national curriculum.
- Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright praised Armitage for his witty and profound take on modern life.
‘Poet Laureate’ of the United Kingdom :
- The British Poet Laureate is an honorary position appointed by the monarch of the United Kingdom, currently on the advice of the Prime Minister.
- It is expected that the role holder will write verse for significant national occasions.
- The origins of the laureateship date back to 1616 when a pension was provided to Ben Jonson. But the first official holder of the position was John Dryden.
- John Dryden was appointed in 1668 by Charles II.