A HIGHLY regarded poet and author will delight literature enthusiasts in a talk about his work at this year's Bewdley Festival.

The acclaimed English wordsmith Simon Armitage will present on his prose work 'Walking Home' at the Mercure Bewdley Heath Hotel on Tuesday October 16, which will include readings, film clips and a musical score recorded by his band 'The Scaremongers.'

Simon is one of Britain's most widely read poets, and has also written award-winning fiction and non-fiction books, television and radio plays and has delivered engaging talks as a public speaker.

He is also the current Professor of Poetry at both Oxford and Leeds Universities, bringing a contemporary and challenging aspect to these roles.

His text 'Walking Home' recounts his 256 mile walk across the Pennines, performing in church halls, pubs and a myriad interesting locations for his food and keep, in the tradition of troubadours across the ages.

Simon's work has long featured in GCSE poetry anthologies, and his talk in Bewdley would be an opportunity for literature students to experience his work in the flesh, and to also meet the poet and ask questions.

Tickets for the event cost £17 and are available online via www.bewdleyfestival.org.uk