I am very excited about this weeks Saturday Poetry, matched with mobile photography/art, precisely because I am so delighted that Simon Armitage has been named the UK’s poet laureate this week. He is such a scintillating choice, born very much without a silver spoon, Amitage was born in West Yorkshire and is a former probation officer. He received a phone call from Prime Minster Theresa May on Thursday, just gone, offering him the position. The office of laureate is Britain’s highest literally honour and has its roots in the 17th century. This is not a lifetime post anymore, but a mere ten years, during which he will receive an annual stipend of £5,750 along with the traditional butt of sack: 600 bottles of sherry. I am so looking forward to following his work in this role.
I have included a screen grab of one of my favourite poems of Armitage’s and there are many. It is called ‘It Ain’t What You Do, It’s What It Does To You’ and I feel I have matched highly accomplished street photographer, Tim Bingham’s image ‘Shadows of Colour’ perfectly with this poetry.
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