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Professor Armitage spoke to a packed audience, including Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Hamilton (pictured in foreground)

Listen to Simon Armitage's first lecture as Professor of Poetry

Matt Pickles

Simon Armitage gave his first lecture as Professor of Poetry to a packed audience at the Examination Schools yesterday evening (Tuesday 24 November).

A full audio recording of the lecture is now available.

Professor Armitage opened with an account of 'the parable of the solicitor and the poet', in which a poet pays a solicitor for legal advice. The solicitor then asked the poet to review some poetry he had written - and did not offer to pay the poet.

Simon Armitage headshotBy Marc West