Simon Armitage was born in Huddersfield in 1963. His collections of poetry include Kid (1992), The Dead Sea Poems (1995), and CloudCuckooLand (1997). His Selected Poems were published by Faber in 2001. Armitage is also the author of two novels and several collections of essays. He has received numerous awards, including The Sunday Times Author of the Year, a Forward Prize, a Lannan Award, and an Ivor Novello Award for his song lyrics in the Channel 4 film Feltham Sings. Seeing Stars, his most recent collection, was published this year.