Andrew Motion – Former Poet Laureate – Essex Clay

15/06/2018 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Stamford Art Centre - Theatre
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Andrew Motion’s prose memoir, In the Blood(2006), was widely acclaimed, praised as ‘an act of magical retrieval’ (Daily Telegraph) and ‘a hymn to familial love’ (Independent). Now having left the UK’s shores, Motion looks back once more to recreate a stunning biographical sequel but this time, in verse. Essex Clay rekindles, expands and gives a tragic resonance to subjects that have haunted Motion throughout his writing life.

Andrew Motion is President of the Campaign to Protect Rural England and co-founder of The Poetry Archive.

Andrew Motion was born in 1952. He read English at University College, Oxford and subsequently spent two years writing about the poetry of Edward Thomas for an M. Litt. From 1976 to 1980 he taught English at the University of Hull; from 1980 to 1982 he edited the Poetry Review and from 1982 to 1989 he was Editorial Director and Poetry Editor at Chatto & Windus.

Andrew Motion’s poetry has received the Arvon/Observer Prize, the John Llewelyn Rhys Prize and the Dylan Thomas Prize. He is now Professor of Creative Writing at Royal Holloway.He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and lives in London. He was knighted for his services to literature in 2009.

Andrew Motion was Poet Laureate from 1999 until 2009. 

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