Travels of a Troubadour


Two years ago the poet Simon Armitage walked the Pennine Way as a wandering poet. Each night he gave a poetry reading in return for bed and breakfast. He wrote ‘Walking Home: Travels with a Troubadour on the Pennine Way’ as the published record of his journey. This year he will be taking a similar journey on foot along the South West Coast Path from Minehead in Somerset to Land’s End and the Scilly Isles. He will also be giving a reading at Coleridge Cottage. Unfortunately, the event is fully booked.

In the late 18th century the poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth walked the Somerset and North Devon coast. Following in their footsteps, Simon will be giving readings and passing the hat around. Why not go along and listen to his reading?

Simon was born in West Yorkshire and is Professor of Poetry at the University of Sheffield. He has published over a dozen collections of poetry and is also a playwright, novelist and broadcaster, writing extensively for television and radio.

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