Written around 1400, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is one of the finest surviving examples of Middle English poetry, though little is known about the author who wrote the chivalric romance.

Award-winning and much-revered poet and novelist Simon Armitage recently took on the intimidating task of creating a new translation of the work, offering an energetic, inventive version of this classic tale for modern-day audiences.

At this beautiful, candlelit event, Armitage will read from the work and discuss specific extracts alongside gorgeous screen-print illustrations, as he reveals how he approached the translation of such a venerable and important piece of literature.

About The Author

Simon Armitage

Award-winning poet Simon Armitage gives an atmospheric reading of a fabulous new edition of his acclaimed modern translation of the northern medieval tale, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, alongside projections of the book’s richly textured illustrations by Clive Hicks-Jenkins. Simon Armitage received the 2018 Queens Gold Medal for Poetry.