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'I came face to face with Dennis Nilsen': poet laureate Simon Armitage

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The former probation officer tells Desert Island Discs of the time he was in ‘a tiny room’ with the serial killer

The poet laureate Simon Armitage has spoken of his encounter with the notorious serial killer Dennis Nilsen and his unsatisfying time as a probation officer in a candid Desert Island Discs radio interview aired on Sunday.

The Yorkshireman was appointed as Britain’s 21st national poet a year ago.

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