Simon Armitage, the current Oxford Professor of Poetry, hasbeen named the next UK Poet Laureate. His final lecture in his current position will take place onWednesday of 3rd Week, entitled “When I heard the Learn’d Astronomer”. Described by the Culture Secretary as having a “witty andprofound take on modern life…known and respected across the world”, Armitage has published 28 collections ofpoetry, received a CBE and won the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry 2018. The decision to award the post, made by the Queen on advicefrom the government, comes days after Imtiaz Dharker publicly declined the positionamongst unconfirmed rumours of her impending appointment. In line with the theme of his latest collection The Unaccompanied, Armitage has said hewishes to create some form of climate change themed initiative and to set up aNational Centre for Poetry. Succeeding the incumbent Carol Ann Duffy, the poet’s tenure asLaureate will last ten years. Carol Ann Duffy remarked at his appointment that Armitage has“touched the matter of our lives with characters and subject matter that livedamong us: teachers and council tenants, chip shops and television shows,figures who drank in the local pub and shopped in the nearby supermarket”.