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The Poet Laureate Has Gone To His Shed Podcast

Poet Laureate Simon Armitage talks to guests about life, language and music in his shed.

Poet Laureate Simon Armitage is a former probation officer, DJ and poet celebrated for his witty and profound take on modern life.

He writes in the shed in his garden, and in this podcast he invites guests to join him to talk about life, language, the human voice, accents and the environment.

Currently translating The Owl and the Nightingale, a long middle English poem in which the two birds debate many things, Simon asks guests to help with the poem and also to distract him from it.

Guests include Kate Tempest, Guy Garvey, Lily Cole, Testament, Antony Gormley, Maxine Peake and Trinidadian Judge Melanie Plimmer.

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Episodes to download

Kate Tempest: 10 things we learned when she spoke to Simon Armitage

Kate Tempest: 10 things we learned when she spoke to Simon Armitage

Simon Armitage and Kate Tempest on rapping, writing under pressure and her pet Malamute.

Guy Garvey: Nine things we learned when he spoke to Simon Armitage

Guy Garvey: Nine things we learned when he spoke to Simon Armitage

Simon Armitage invites Guy Garvey to his shed to talk about life, bird watching and music.

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