Posted on 27/02/2012
Former Poet Laureate and Professor of Creative Writing Sir Andrew Motion featured in The Times last week talking about a new master’s degree in environmental writing.
The MA Creative Writing: Place, Environment, Writing, which begins this autumn, is a unique innovation in collaboration between Cultural Geographers, poets and specialists in literature. The renowned Cultural Geographer, Professor Tim Cresswell, author of On the Move and Place: A Short Introduction will be heading this cross-disciplinary work for the Department. As well as Sir Andrew Motion, the course will also feature the poet Jo Shapcott (winner of the Costa Book of the Year Award 2011, and Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry 2011). Tim is pictured here on a recent trip to Svalbard as part of the NowhereIsland project.
Professor Motion told The Times: “A strikingly large number of people are writing about the state of the planet, which manifests concern about living among other human beings on a planet that’s in danger.
“There’s something exciting going on among young writers. Books I like have a high fact content. Those wanderings off into the countryside are all very well but you need to know the facts. What is happening to the species? What is happening to the temperatures?”
The article also announced Professor Motion as the new President of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE).
Details of this exciting new degree programme can be found here.