Simon Armitage is a Professor of Poetry at the University of Sheffield and was born in West Yorkshire. He has eight collections of poetry under his belt, including Collected Poems (2001), Seeing Stars (2010), and his critically acclaimed translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (2007). He is the author of two novels, the bestseller memoir All Points North (1998) and Walking Home (2012), a poetic journey along the Pennine Way. He is a broadcaster and presenter who also writes widely for television and radio. He was awarded the CBE in 2010 for his contributions to poetry.