Andrew Motion

Poet laureate, poet and literary biographer par excellence...

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Biography

Date of birth: 26 October 1952

Professor Andrew Motion was born in London, and read English at University College, Oxford. He taught English at the University of Hull (1976-81) where he met the poet Philip Larkin. He was editor of Poetry Review (1981-83) and was Poetry Editor and Editorial Director at London publishers Chatto and Windus (1983-89). He succeeded Malcolm Bradbury as Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He has been Chairman of the Arts Council of England's Literature Panel since 1996. An acclaimed poet (and champion of poetry), critic, biographer and lecturer, Andrew Motion became Poet Laureate in 1999, succeeding Ted Hughes.

He was awarded the Newdigate Prize at Oxford for his poem Inland, included in his first collection of poems, The Pleasure Steamers, published in 1977. His poetry collections include Independence; Secret Narratives ; Dangerous Play: Poems 1974-1984, which won the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize; Natural Causes, which won the Dylan Thomas Award; The Price of Everything; Salt Water and Selected Poems 1976-1997.

Andrew Motion is also the author of several acclaimed biographies including The Lamberts: George, Constant and Kit; Philip Larkin: A Writer's Life; a life of John Keats published in 1997; and Wainewright the Poisoner (2000), an account of the life of Thomas Wainewright, critic, forger, painter and suspected murderer.

Book and writing awards

Somerset Maugham Award 1986(The Lamberts: George, Constant and Kit); Whitbread Biography Award 1994 (Philip Larkin: A Writer's Life); Knighthood 2009

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The New World

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The New World

The New World (Hardback)

by Andrew Motion

Format: Hardback 368 pages
Published: 09/10/2014
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd

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In the Blood

In the Blood (Paperback)

by Andrew Motion

Format: Paperback 336 pages
Published: 21/06/2007
Publisher: Faber & Faber

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Written from a teenage child's point of view, "Motion" captures the pathos and puzzlement of childhood with great clarity of... Read more

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Public Property

Public Property (Paperback)

by Andrew Motion

Format: Paperback 112 pages
Published: 19/05/2003
Publisher: Faber & Faber Poetry

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Andrew Motion's new collection moves between private and public realms. In a series of elegiac idylls he conjures expeditionary narratives of a... Read more

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Keats

Keats (Paperback)

by Andrew Motion

Format: Paperback 672 pages
Published: 26/09/1998
Publisher: Faber & Faber Non-Fiction

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The outline of the story of John Keats's life is well known: the archetypal life of the Romantic genius, critically spurned and dying young.... Read more

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Selected Poems, 1976-1997 - Faber Poetry

Selected Poems, 1976-1997 - Faber Poetry (Paperback)

by Andrew Motion

Format: Paperback 160 pages
Published: 03/10/1998
Publisher: Faber & Faber Poetry

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In this book Andrew Motion has made his own choice from his outstandingly fine and varied body of work. Dramatic monologues, elegies, poems of... Read more

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The Cinder Path

The Cinder Path (Paperback)

by Andrew Motion

Format: Paperback 80 pages
Published: 01/04/2010
Publisher: Faber & Faber Poetry

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Andrew Motion's new collection (his first since "Public Property" in 2002) offers a ground-breaking variety of lyrics, love poems and... Read more

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Bedford Square: v. 4

Bedford Square: v. 4 (Paperback)

by Andrew Motion

Format: Paperback 400 pages
Published: 07/01/2010
Publisher: John Murray Publishers Ltd

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In 2004, Andrew Motion established a landmark new creative writing course at Royal Holloway, University of London. Bedford Square 4 showcases the... Read more

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The Customs House

The Customs House (Paperback)

by Andrew Motion

Format: Paperback 96 pages
Published: 05/09/2013
Publisher: Faber & Faber Poetry

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Andrew Motion's new book opens with a sequence of war poems (first published as the pamphlet Laurels and Donkeys, on Armstice Day 2010), drawing... Read more

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John Keats: Selected by Andrew Motion

John Keats: Selected by Andrew Motion (Hardback)

by John Keats, et al.

Format: Hardback 128 pages
Published: 01/09/2011
Publisher: Faber & Faber Poetry

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In this series, a contemporary poet selects and introduces a poet of the past. By their choice of poems and by the personal and critical reactions... Read more

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Philip Larkin: A Writer's Life

Philip Larkin: A Writer's Life (Paperback)

by Andrew Motion

Format: Paperback 624 pages
Published: 07/03/1994
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Philip Larkin, known to many through his poems, contrived to present a picture of himself to the world which kept many facets of his complicated... Read more

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