Will a Yorkshire man be the next Poet Laureate to follow in the path of another great Yorkshire poet Ted Hughes (1984-98). Simon Armitage a joint favourite was born in 1963 in the village of Marsden and lives in West Yorkshire. He has published several volumes of poetry with Faber & Faber including Killing Time, and Selected Poems, and Book of Matches His latest collection of poems was Tyrannosaurus Rex Versus the Corduroy Kid.
Let us hope he beats all comers to the title later this year. In future it may be possible for The Barnsley Bard’ Ian McMillan to be considered as Poet Laureate but probably not whilst the current monarch is in place.