Literary manuscripts of Simon Armitage

Scope and Content

Comprises: (1) Series 1, 6 boxes of Simon Armitage's autograph manuscript and typescript drafts of his published books between 1987 and 2001 in chronological order with some proofs, as follows: Box 1: The distance between stars, 1987 (1 file), The walking horses, 1988 (1 file), Zoom!, 1989 (1 file), Xanadu, 1992 (1 file), Kid, 1992 (1 file), Book of matches, 1993 (2 files), and The Dead Sea poems, 1995 (1 file), together with a separate file containing a photocopied biography of Armitage, and photocopies of some of his early works and contents pages; Box 2: Moon country, 1996 (2 files); Box 3: CloudCuckooland, 1997 (3 files); Boxes 4-5: Killing time, 1999 (8 files); and Box 6: Mister Heracles, after Euripides, 2001 (1 file); (2) Series 2, 1 box (numbered Box 7) containing autograph manuscript and typescript drafts of some of his early unpublished poems, translations, and prose (4 files); (3) Series 3, 2 boxes (numbered Boxes 8-9) containing 13 autograph manuscript notebooks of his poetry and prose, chiefly relating to his published books.

Administrative / Biographical History

Simon Armitage was born in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire in 1963 and educated at Portsmouth Polytechnic (B. A. Honours, 1984) and the Victoria University of Manchester (certificate of qualification in social work and M. A., 1988). He has worked as a probation officer in Manchester and as the poetry editor at Chatto and Windus in London. He was awarded an Eric Gregory award and that of the Society of Authors, 1988, the Poetry Book Society Choice, 1989, and became Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year, 1993. He has published numerous volumes of both poetry and prose.

Conditions Governing Access

Access is unrestricted.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Simon Armitage, 31 July 1995 and 12 August 1998.


In English.

Other Finding Aids

Contents lists for many of the files can be found in the files themselves.

Personal Names