IN-PERSON: Christopher Armitage presents UNLOCKING MY WORDHOARD, with Bland Simpson
Thursday, September 1, 2022 - Signing Line at 5:30 pm, Talk begins at 6:00 pm
Flyleaf will offer seating for up to 50 in-person guests, with priority access given to folks who purchase the book. Masks recommended
The poems are in three divisions; the first is related to historical and public matters, the second, to famous poets or their work, the third, more personal, with some heartfelt poems, others jesting. Most of the poems are short and attempt to concentrate on the essence of events such as falling in love or the German invasion of Russia in World War II. The prose that follows explores such subjects as the author as a child exposed to war; studying with C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien; and participation in sports and theatrical productions
Christopher Mead Armitage was born in Manchester, England. After graduating from St Edmund Hall at Oxford University in 1954, he emigrated to Canada to marry Pauline Brooks of Copper Cliff, Ontario. They had three sons. After earning an MA in English and Canadian Literature at the University of Western Ontario and teaching there and at the University of Guelph, he and his family moved to North Carolina in 1964 where he completed a Ph.D. at Duke University in 1967. For the next fifty-three years, he taught in the English Department of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He founded annual summer sessions at Oxford for students to learn Shakespearean literature. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.
Bland Simpson is Kenan Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is also a pianist for The Red Clay Ramblers, the Tony Award-winning string band. In 2005 he received the North Carolina Award, the state's highest civilian honor.