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Andrew Motion

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Andrew Motion

An Evening with the Poet Laureate

Andrew Motion was appointed Poet Laureate in 1999 succeeding Ted Hughes and John Betjemen. His work has received the Arvon/Observer Prize, the John Llewelyn Rhys Prize and the Dylan Thomas Prize. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Royal Holloway and recently co-founded The Poetry Archive. Tonight he introduces his acclaimed autobiography 'In The Blood: A Memoir of my Childhood' (Faber), poems old & new and takes questions on his work as Laureate.

'I see myself as a town crier, can-opener and flag-waver for poetry' - Andrew Motion

Compelling, simple & mysterious' - Sunday Times

'Deeply engaging... the innocence and the hardness of childhood are beautifully put together... it's a strikingly good book, framed by tragedy but full of intense life.' - Helen Dunmore