Simon Armitage was Oxford Professor of Poetry from 2015 to 2019 and in May 2019 was appointed UK Poet Laureate. He has published 12 full-length collections, most recently Paper Aeroplane, Selected Poems 1989 - 2014 and Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic. His medieval translations include Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Pearl. He is a broadcaster, playwright, novelist, singer-songwriter and the author of three bestselling volumes of nonfiction. Armitage received the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 2018 and is Professor of Poetry at the University of Leeds.