An Evening with Simon Armitage at Cutty Sark

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Visitor notice: Cutty Sark will be closed on Sunday 1 March for the Vitality Big Half Marathon. The Park Row car park will also be closed to the public all weekend. On 29 February and 1 March access to the National Maritime Museum and Queen's House will be via the Romey Road or William Walk gates. Our other museum sites will be open as usual. Plan your visit

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Friday 3 April | Doors Open 7pm | Starts 7.30pm
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The Poet Laureate joins us for a special evening of spoken word.

The dry dock, beneath the suspended hull of the famous, historic ship, Cutty Sark is one of the most unusual and atmospheric venues in the country. On this night, the space will be brought to life by the words of Simon Armitage, who will be reading a selection of his works before taking your questions.

Don't miss this unique chance to experience Simon's wonderful poetry in one of London's most-loved landmark venues.

After the Q&A session, Simon will be happy to sign copies of his new book Magnetic Fields: The Marsden Poems, which is available to pre-order when buying tickets. Please note, books will not be available to purchase on the night. This new work is available through us at the reduced price of £13.49.

Simon Armitage is the UK's Poet Laureate and was elected Oxford Professor of Poetry (2015-2019). His numerous accolades include an Ivor Novello Award for song-writing in the BAFTA-winning film Feltham Sings and the 2018 Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. Armitage has published over a dozen collections of poetry, including Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic and his new book Magnetic Field. He also writes extensively for theatre, television and radio, and is the author of two novels and three non-fiction bestsellers: All Points North, Walking Home and Walking Away. His theatre works include The Last Days of Troy, performed at Shakespeare’s Globe. Armitage was appointed Professor of Poetry at Leeds University in 2017.