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Lip Gloss: Curated and Presented by Simon Armitage

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Chris Close

Poet Laureate Simon Armitage presents Lip Gloss – an extravaganza of language through music, poetry and spoken word.

Join Simon Armitage and a stellar line-up of musicians, writers, actors, and artists for celebration of words both spoken and sung. Lip Gloss’s "house band", led by songwriter, musician and multi Grammy Award-winning record producer Fraser T. Smith AKA Future Utopia (Adele, Stormzy, Dave) will soundtrack the evening, which includes live performances from Guy Garvey and Mark Potter from elbow; actor Maxine Peake; rapper, singer and songwriter Jelani Blackman; composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Erland Cooper; poets Rachel Long, Jackie Kay and Caroline Bird; singer and folk song interpreter Sam Lee; rapper Tia Carys and musician Emmeline.

Start time: 7.30pm

Interval: 8.30pm

End time: 9.50pm

Produced by the Barbican

With thanks to The Poetry Archive, a not-for-profit organisation that produces, acquires and preserves recordings of poets reading their own work to share via their website, including the BBC 100 Collection to celebrate 100 years of poetry at the BBC.


Simon Armitage has published twelve full-length volumes of poetry, including Paper Aeroplane (Selected Poems), and a collection of his song lyrics, Never Good With Horses, is due out in spring 2023. He is a broadcaster, playwright, translator, novelist, the author of three best-selling volumes of non-fiction, and presents the BBC Radio 4 series and podcast The Poet Laureate Has Gone To His Shed.  Armitage writes, records and performs with the band LYR (Land Yacht Regatta). His play The Last Days of Troy was performed at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and over the past three decades he has received numerous accolades and prizes including an Ivor Novello Award for his song lyrics in the BAFTA-winning television film 'Feltham Sings'. The former Oxford Professor of Poetry, he lives in Yorkshire and is Professor of Poetry at the University of Leeds. Simon Armitage is the Poet Laureate.

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