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Virginia Woolf said that Homer's epic poem the Odyssey was 'alive to every tremor and gleam of existence'. Following the magical and strange adventures of warrior king Odysseus, inventor of the idea of the Trojan horse, the poem can claim to be the greatest story ever told. Now British poet Simon Armitage goes on his own Greek adventure, following in the footsteps of one of his own personal heroes. Yet Simon ponders the question of whether he even likes the guy.

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Thu 10 Jan 2013 01:00 BBC Four

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  • About the presenter

    Simon Armitage CBE is a poet and novelist, who has worked extensively in film, radio and television. He is currently a senior lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University.

    Simon’s first collection of poems, Zoom!, published in 1989, was shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Prize. In 1993 he was awarded the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award for Xanadu and Kid. His most recent work includes a collection of poems entitled The Not Dead (2008), and The Poetry of Birds (2009), a collection of avian verse co-edited with Tim Dee.


Simon Armitage
Simon Armitage
John Holdsworth
John Holdsworth
Executive Producer
Jonty Claypole


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