When you look up on Simon Armitage on Wikipedia this comes up: ‘His (Armitage’s) writing is characterised by a dry Yorkshire wit combined with “an accessible, realist style and critical seriousness.”’ Now, if I was ever going to be confused about a characterisation of someone this would be it. I know about the dry Yorkshire wit (my very existence is “dry Yorkshire wit”), but combining this with accessible, realist and critical seriousness is to me the same as characterising someone as cold and hot, wet and dry or pretty ugly!?
Simon is known for his poetry, his novels and in 2015 he was elected Oxford Professor of Poetry. I have to admit that I have not had the pleasure of reading much of his work apart from a couple of poems online. Time is my issue, time to sit down and read through books at my own leisure. But maybe it is exactly that I need to do to make sense of the description mentioned above. Until then I chose to let Armitage stand under that wintery umbrella of illusive uncertainty.