The Motorway Service Station as a Destination in its Own Right
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The Motorway Service Station as a Destination in its Own Right was shortlisted for the 2010 Michael Marks Award.
The latest poems from one of the UK's finest authors.
Simon Armitage was born in 1963 in Marsden, Yorkshire, and is a senior lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has published ten collections of poetry including Tyrannosaurus Rex Versus the Corduroy Kid (Faber & Faber) and his translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. His awards include one of the first Forward Prizes, The Sunday Times Young Author of the Year, a Lannan Award, and an Ivor Novello Award for his song-writing in the BAFTA-winning film Feltham Sings.
He is a also a playwright, novelist, regular broadcaster. His most recent prose memoir was, Gig – the Life and Times of a Rock-Star Fantasist (Penguin).
'Returning to the pamphlet form, and the pamphlet publisher, which first launched Simon Armitage’s remarkable career the variety in this collection almost feels like a lap of honour. Quietly ironised monologues, flashes of startlingly apt imagery, and a dry but never arid sense of humour are typical of the poems in The Motorway Service Station.' — The British Library
"The front man of his generation… The most imaginative and prolific poet now writing." — Poetry Review
"Armitage's skill is to reach beyond the prosaic for deeper mysteries… (he) speaks with an utter lack of sentimentality or pomposity of the transcendent mysteries that lie beyond the ordinary moment." — The Times