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Simon Armitage: ‘Witty and profound’ writer to be next Poet Laureate

Simon Armitage: ‘Witty and profound’ writer to be next Poet Laureate

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Poet Simon Armitage, whose "witty and profound" work spans sharp observations about modern life and classical myths, is to be the UK's next Poet Laureate.The West Yorkshire writer will hold the historic post for the next decade, taking over from Dame Carol Ann Duffy.Over recent decades, the role has moved away from mainly chronicling royal occasions to promoting poetry and capturing a wider view of British life.Armitage has published 28 collections and is on the national curriculum.His 2017 book The Unaccompanied was described by The Guardian as a document of "a world in social and economic meltdown". It opens with a poem about climate change called The Last Snowman, and includes another titled Poun...
Chanje Kunda: The poet using pole dancing to explain particle physics

Chanje Kunda: The poet using pole dancing to explain particle physics

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Poetry, pole dancing and particle physics don't often meet. But they do in a new theatre show by a performer who wants to reclaim the way the female body is portrayed.Poet, playwright and performance artist Chanje Kunda took lessons in several forms of dance to prepare for her latest one-woman show Superposition - ballet dancing, contemporary dancing, pole dancing and lap dancing.The latter two are normally performed in certain clubs for certain men, but Kunda is reinventing them for her own positive purpose."I wanted to explore female sensuality and eroticism because female sensuality within the media has been commodified and cheapened and exploited, and I wanted to try and find new ways as a feminist to be able to celebrate that," she says.It was her movement director who suggested she h...