Posted on 24/02/2012
Congratulations to Sir Andrew Motion, Professor of Creative Writing on his appointment as the new President of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) announced this week.
Professor Motion, the Former Poet Laureate is the successor to Bill Bryson, who presided in the role for the past five-years. He will carry out this new role alongside teaching in the English Department at Royal Holloway.
Speaking at a CPRE event on Wednesday night, Professor Motion highlighted his passion for the English countryside, the inspiration he draws from its beauty and tranquillity, and how the countryside is a national asset that should be accessible to everyone.
Professor Motion said: “To be proposed for this role is a mixture of joy, honour and a little trepidation, particularly when following in the footsteps of the current incumbent, the magnificent Bill Bryson. But if CPRE members will have me, then I am fully prepared to stand up for the countryside alongside them.
“When Government planning reform could place two thirds of rural England at the mercy of a presumption in favour of development, this is a critical moment for the countryside and for anyone who wants a say over what happens to their community and their surroundings.”
The announcement follows the launch of a new MA focusing on environmental and place-based writing in its broadest sense, including poetry, creative non-fiction and fiction. The MA Creative Writing: Place, Environment, Writing is a ground-breaking collaboration between internationally renowned creative writers and cultural geographersat Royal Holloway including: Jo Shapcott (winner of the Costa Book of the Year Award 2011, and Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry 2011), Andrew Motion and Tim Cresswell (author of Place: A Short Introduction).