October 15, 2015
Please join us for a reading with former Poet Laureate, Sir Andrew Motion: Poet, Editor, Biographer, Novelist. LC 211, Thursday, October 15, at 4:30pm.
Andrew Motion is President of the Campaign to Protect Rural England and co-founder of The Poetry Archive. His latest project is Poetry By Heart.
The Customs House is the latest collection from the former Poet Laureate. The book is in three sections, and opens with a sequence of war poems, Laurels and Donkeys, which draws on soldiers’ experiences from the First and Second World wars, through to the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Customs House follows hard on the heels of his acclaimed sequel, Silver ~ Return to Treasure Island (Jonathan Cape), in which Long John Silver’s daughter and Jim Hawkins’ son return to the scene of their fathers’ adventures.
Andrew Motion’s poetry has received the Arvon/Observer Prize, the John Llewelyn Rhys Prize and the Dylan Thomas Prize. He was knighted for his services to literature in 2009 and was UK Poet Laureate from 1999 until 2009. He now lives in Baltimore, MD where he is currently a Homewood Professor of the Arts at Johns Hopkins University.