Simon Armitage was born in 1963 and lives in West Yorkshire. He has taught at the University of Leeds and the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop, and currently teaches at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has published nine volumes of poetry including Killing Time, 1999 (Faber & Faber) and Selected Poems, 2001 (Faber & Faber), The Universal Home Doctor and Travelling Songs.
He has received numerous awards for his poetry including The Sunday Times Author of the Year, one of the first Forward Prizes and a Lannan Award. He writes for radio, television and film, and is the author of four stage plays, including Mister Heracles, a version of the Euripides play The Madness of Heracles. He received an Ivor Novello Award for his song-lyrics in the Channel 4 film Feltham Sings, which also won a BAFTA. His first novel, Little Green Man, was published by Penguin in 2001. His second novel The White Stuff was published in 2004.