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Black Roses is written as an elegy to Sophie Lancaster with poetry by Simon Armitage OBE, Professor of Poetry at Oxford University, spoken alongside the words of Sophie's mother Sylvia Lancaster OBE. The film (produced by the BBC Education Zone) moves seamlessly from Sylvia’s candid descriptions of Sophie’s life and death, to the haunting poetry and back again.
I am so off the pace with Simon Armitage, the probation officer turned poet and writer, that it is almost a crime (sorry) I watched an engaging and moving programme that he made about the centenary of the First World.
The long read: In a culture that has consigned poetry to the margins, Armitage has become something very rare: a genuinely popular British poet. Aida Edemariam hits the road with the busiest man in verse