Each year the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) invites three well-known public figures who we believe have interesting personal views on society, the environment, and the world in general to share their thoughts and experiences through our Discovering People series. This spring we welcome multi-award-winning poet Simon Armitage to the Society in conversation with Martine Croxall. Simon Armitage was born in Marsden, West Yorkshire and is an award-winning poet and lyricist who also writes extensively for theatre, television and radio. A Geography graduate from Portsmouth University, he worked as a Probation Officer before becoming a full-time writer. Armitage has won numerous accolades including a prestigious Ivor Novello Award for his lyrics in the television film 'Feltham Sings'. He is Professor of Poetry at the University of Leeds and was elected Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford in 2015.