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Brief Encounter: Simon Armitage—”I’m in awe of happy people”

The Poet laureate answers 11 of Prospect's quick-fire questions

What is the first news event you can recall?

The moon landings in 1969, set against the backdrop of increasing unrest and violence in Northern Ireland.

What is the biggest problem of all?

The climate crisis. It shades into every aspect of life. We’re engineering our own extinction.

If you could spend a day in one city or place at one moment in history, where and when would that be?

Somewhere controversial where I could officiate or make a judgment. Seeing Christ emerge from the tomb? Or on the goal-line at…

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