Special Collections is happy to announce the launch of Simon Armitage: Walking Home’ research spotlight.

The archive of Simon Armitage, Professor of Poetry at the University, is one of the highlights of our literary holdings. The archive is exceptionally thorough, documenting his work from earliest unpublished poems to more recent poetry collections, prose writing, drama, radio and television work.

This new research resource uses digital mapping to explore material relating to Walking Home, Armitage’s 2012 account of walking the Pennine Way. Walking Home is well represented in the archive: Armitage kept a journal as he walked the route and we also have the guidebooks and maps that he used, there are also digital drafts and several hundred photographs taken en route.

Although the Pennine Way is a very well documented route, Walking Home is really about Armitage’s personal experience of walking it. The resource uses digital maps to chart exactly where and under what conditions parts of the collection were created, to help us understand Armitage’s creative processes and interactions with the landscape.

With special thanks to Ms Madeleine Lee (Economics, 1984) for supporting the development of the Simon Armitage Archive.