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The Poet Laureate Has Gone to His Shed

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As the name of his podcast explains, Simon Armitage, a probation officer turned poet laureate of England, “has gone to his shed.” Armitage decamps to this humble sanctuary in his backyard to write surreal verse, but since March 2020, he has also invited over or phoned talented friends—think Johnny Marr of the Smiths and J. K. Rowling—to discuss art and life. For a select few guests, the model Lily Cole, say, or Prince Charles, he will leave his garden and travel to their backyard quarters. Released by the BBC, the podcast offers civilized hour-long chats with gifted Brits. The beginning of the most recent episode, recorded from Prince Charles’s barn in Llandovery, includes pleasant conversation about the prince’s timber roof and the various types of birds that perch on his slitted windows. —J.D.

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