announcing a new narrative poem from

Simon Armitage

With illustrations by Clive Hicks-Jenkins


We are delighted to announce the publication of a new book from poet Simon Armitage, in collaboration with artist Clive Hicks-Jenkins, and Design for Today.

Simon Armitage’s extended narrative poem uses the well-known framework of the Brothers Grimm tale but gives us a new contemporary interpretation and focus. This is a darker, glittering Hansel & Gretel fairy story for the 21st century, of refugees, bombed villages, homelessness, a landscape where nothing is quite as it seems, but of humanity, humour and hope too. 

The powerful story is illustrated by the visual creations of artist Clive Hicks-Jenkins. His compelling Hansel & Gretel characters have appeared as prints, and as a Toy Theatre for Benjamin Pollock's Toyshop and reimaginged here using the imagery of the toy box of wooden puppets, villages and building blocks in creating a unique, contemporary fairytale landscape.

Hansel & Gretel will be published in a beautiful 96 page hardback edition by Design For Today and will be available at the Goldfield Productions touring performances of Hansel & Gretel later this year, from Design For Today, and from selected stockists.

Touring dates

  • Cheltenham Festival WORLD PREMIERE  – 7th July 2018 
  • Lichfield Festival ‘book at bedtime’ Lichfield Guildhall  – 13th July 2018
  • Lichfield Festival matinee Lichfield Guildhall  – 14th July 2018
  • Three Choirs Festival  – 29th July 2018
  • Oxford Contemporary Music  – 14th September 2018
  • Jack Lyons Concert Hall York – 3rd October 2018
  • Barbican Milton Court Concert Hall Schools Matinee – 12th October 2018
  • Barbican Milton Court Concert Hall – LONDON PREMIERE – 12th October 2018
  • Canterbury Festival  Colyer-Fergusson Concert Hall  – 21st October 2018
  • Bath Spa University  – Michael Tippett Centre – 24th October 2018
  • Broadway Theatre (Letchworth)  – 4th November 2018

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