BBC Poetry Season

Simon Armitage on the trail of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

The BBC has launched a major new Poetry Season with a range of radio and television programmes encouraging the wider public, in their own words, to 'let poetry into your life'.

Yorkshire-born Simon Armitage goes on the trail of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight in a fascinating programme recently shown on BBC4 and still available on BBC iPlayer. The poem dates from around 1400, its author unknown. Simon Armitage follows in the footsteps of its hero through some of Britain's most beautiful and mystical landscapes and reveals why an absurd tale of a knight beheading a green giant is as relevant and compelling today as when it was written. Click here for more details. Our recently published edition of the poem features his award-winning translation and a specially commissioned introduction by him. Read more about it here.

Also in the series historian Michael Wood reveals the origins of Beowulf - a new Folio edition of which is currently being planned. Additional programmes in the series which have already been broadcast are available on BBC iPlayer. For full details, click here.

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