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Simon Armitage is among Britain’s most well-known and respected poets. He is featured on the current English Language/Literature GCSE syllabus and is known to every teenager in the UK. He has received numerous awards for his poetry including the Sunday Times Young Author of the Year, one of the first Forward Prizes and a Lannan Award. His anthology, Kid, has sold in excess of 90,000 copies. Simon Armitage has written for over a dozen television films, and with director Brian Hill pioneered the docu-musical format, which has led to such cult films as Drinking for England and Song Birds. He has served as a judge for the Forward Prize, the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Whitbread Prize, the Griffin Prize, and in 2006 was a judge for the Man Booker Prize. A film of Simon Armitage reading his poem 'Ten Pence Story' – back when he was the new kid in British poetry. This poem is from his first collection Zoom!, published by Bloodaxe (1989): [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nF7mEIB0KCo[/youtube]