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Andy Armitage is a poet and editor from Leeds, West Yorkshire. He won First Place in the Leeds Museum Poetry Competition (2017), was Highly Commended in the York Literature Festival Competition (2018) and Commended in the Elmet Poetry Prize (2018). He has a PhD in English after completing a thesis on the myth in Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath’s poetry at Victoria University of Wellington (NZ). Some of his articles for the British Library and The Ted Hughes Society are below.
His poetry appears in Strix, Acumen, Riggwelter, The High Window and Dream Catcher in the UK and Poetry NZ, The NZ Listener, Turbine and JAAM in New Zealand. His first chapbook Letters to a First Love from the Future was released by Half Moon Books on 21 July 2018.
Which poets influenced your work most, specifically your debut collection?
Romalyn Ante described your collection ‘Letters to a first love from the future’ as These beautiful and moving poems, like a special love, will continue to haunt you, long after they have spoken.’ Was this haunting effect something that you were aiming for in the collection?
Your PhD thesis is on the myth in Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath work. Have they been big influences on your work, if so in what way?
Which poets are you reading at the moment?
What next? Are you working on a second collection?
You can purchase Letters From A First Love Here
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