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Andrew Motion

  • Project Consultant and Reader

    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. He has recently been appointed Professor of Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and lives in London.

    Recent books include poetry: Public Property in 2002, and First World War Poems (as editor) in 2003; bibliography: Keats: A Biography in 1997 and Wainewright the Poisoner in 2000; and fiction: The Invention of Dr Cake in 2003. Andrew Motion's latest collection of poems is The Cinder Path and Ways of Life: Places, Painters and Poets is his latest collection of essays.

    Andrew Motion’s work has received the Arvon/Observer Prize, the John Llewelyn Rhys Prize, the De Moffart Art Prize (2006) and the Dylan Thomas Prize. In 1994 his biography of Philip Larkin was awarded the Whitbread Prize for Biography, and shortlisted for the NCR Award. The Lamberts won the Somerset Maugham Award.

    Andrew Motion was Poet Laureate from May 1999 until May 2009.