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Simon Armitage was born in 1963 in West Yorkshire. Widely regarded as one of the leading poets of his generation, he is also a playwright, travel writer, song lyricist and has written extensively for radio and television. All Points North
is his first full-length book of prose. His other books include Zoom!, Xanadu, Kid, Book of Matches, The Dead Sea Poems, Moon Country
(with Glyn Maxwell
) and CloudCuckooLand
Currently teaching at the University of Leeds and at the University of Iowa, USA, he has worked as a probation officer, shelf-stacker, reviewer, poetry editor and lathe operator. As a broadcaster he presented BBC Radio 4's poetry series Stanza for five years, made travel programmes in Iceland and the Amazon for BBC Radio 3, and was once a Radio 1 DJ for two hours. He lives in Huddersfield.