Simon Armitage lives in Yorkshire, has taught at universities in England and the United States, and is currently Professor of Poetry at the University of Leeds as well as at Oxford University. He has published collections of poetry including Selected Poems and Seeing Stars, as well as notable translations of medieval verse including Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. He has published two novels and three works of non-fiction; Walking Home – the prose account of his walk along the Pennine Way as a latter-day troubadour was a Sunday Times bestseller. Armitage also writes extensively for radio, television, and film, is a regular broadcaster and presenter with the BBC, is the lyricist and singer with the band the Scaremongers, and has written several theatre pieces including dramatisations of both the Odyssey and the Iliad. He is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes, most notably the Keats-Shelley Prize and the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation. Also, in 2010 he was honoured with the CBE for services to poetry.