Poet laureate begins tour of nation's libraries in Ashby-de-la-Zouch

The poet laureate Simon Armitage is to begin a 10-year tour of the UK's libraries, launching it via a livestreamed reading in Ashby-de-la-Zouch on 26 April. Each spring he will perform live readings across the UK, from the libraries of big cities to smaller libraries serving rural and remote communities. Beginning with the letters "A" and "B" this spring, the tour launches in in Ashby-de-la-Zouch ...

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