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Writers at Work: A Masterclass with Simon Armitage

9 March 2023
2.00pm – 3.30pm AEDT
Io Myers Studio, Esme Timbery Creative Practice Lab
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Simon Armitage Workshop

Join British Poet Laureate Simon Armitage, celebrated for his striking and wide-ranging body of work, as he illuminates aspects of his writing practice. You will have the opportunity to explore a selection of Armitage’s poems from across his career and to gain an insight into his creative process. There will be ample time for questions and discussion, so do come along ready to be inspired and involved.  

This masterclass is open to everyone. Undergraduate and postgraduate students of all disciplines are particularly welcome.

This masterclass is presented by English and Creative Writing in the School of the Arts & Media, at UNSW Arts, Design & Architecture.


The Esme Timbery Creative Practice Lab is located at UNSW Sydney's Kensington Campus. Please note this is a live event only, and will not be available via livestream.

To ensure the health and safety of all patrons, face masks are recommended and please do not attend the event if you feel unwell.


Wheelchair Access
Enter the UNSW Kensington campus via Gate 2 High St and turn right at the roundabout. The entrance is immediately on your left under the concrete steps, opposite the University Terraces carpark. The closest carpark is available opposite the entrance beneath the University Terraces.

Assisted Listening
The Esme Timbery Creative Practice Lab has an infrared hearing loop. Patrons wishing to utilise this need to identify themselves to the front of house team, and a headset will be provided.

Auslan & Captioning 
Auslan interpreting services and/or live captioning can be provided for selected talks upon request. 

To discuss access requirements and book selected services, please call the Centre for Ideas on 02 9065 0485 or email


The Esme Timbery Creative Practice Lab is easily accessible via public transport. For more information please call the Transport Infoline on 131 500 or visit

The closest parking station to the Io Myers Studio is the University Terraces Parking Station (B8). Paid casual and visitor parking is offered via the CellOPark App and ‘pay by plate meters’. For more information head here.



For all enquiries, please email or call the Centre for Ideas on 02 9065 0485.

The Centre for Ideas is happy to receive phone calls via the National Relay Service. TTY users, phone 133 677, then ask for 02 9065 0485. Speak and Listen users, phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 02 9065 0485. Internet relay users, visit, then ask for 02 9065 0485. 

Simon Armitage

Simon Armitage

Poet Laureate Simon Armitage was born and grew up in West Yorkshire. He is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry and the PEN Prize for Translation. He has published over a dozen poetry collections, including Magnetic Field, and acclaimed medieval translations of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and The Owl and the Nightingale. He is the author of two novels and three non-fiction bestsellers: All Points North, Walking Home and Walking Away. A regular broadcaster, Armitage presents the popular BBC Radio 4’s series The Poet Laureate has Gone to his Shed. He writes extensively for television and radio, most recently for BBC 2’s Where Did The World Go, A Pandemic Poem. An award-winning dramatist, his play The Last Days of Troy was performed at Shakespeare's Globe. He writes, records and performs with the band LYR and has received an Ivor Novello Award for his song writing. Armitage is Professor of Poetry at the University of Leeds. His critical book A Vertical Art brings together the vibrant and engaging lectures from his tenure as Oxford Professor of Poetry (2015-2019). 

Sean Pryor

Sean Pryor

Sean Pryor is an Associate Professor in English in the School of the Arts & Media at UNSW Sydney. He joined UNSW in 2008, as the holder of a Faculty Postdoctoral Fellowship and was appointed a Lecturer in English in 2010. He was awarded a three-year ARC Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2011, for a project on the cultural archetype of the Fall in modernist poetry. He was the Acting Director and then Deputy Director of the Centre for Modernism Studies in Australia at UNSW, and since 2013 has been a co-editor of Affirmations: of the modern, an open-access journal of modern literature and culture. In 2021, Affirmations became the official journal of the Australian Modernist Studies Network. 

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