Published: 27th Feb 2020

A National Poetry Centre could be established in Leeds to boost the cultural offer of the city. It’s been proposed by Yorkshire-born poet Simon Armitage who is the current Poet Laureate and professor of poetry at the University of Leeds. The intention is to provide a welcoming public space that offers an extensive poetry collection with research facilities, rehearsal and performance spaces, a friendly café, opportunities for writers to exchange ideas, event spaces for literary events and prizes and hopefully accommodation for visiting writers from across the UK and all over the world. The centre will be a collaboration led by Leeds City Council, Leeds 2023, the University of Leeds and other partners. Mr Armitage said he wants the centre to ‘bring poetry in line’ with other art forms such as theatre and art. He said: ‘One very ambitious goal I have set myself over the forthcoming decade of my … (To read the full article, subscribe below)