Friday, 6 April 2007

Andrew Motion at the Parsonage

Yet another reminder that Andrew Motion will be coming to Haworth on Wednesday 18 April at 7.30pm, at the invitation of the Parsonage. Contact Andrew McCarthy by phoning 01535 640194 or by emailing if you intend coming.

Here are some preliminary comments:

'Compelling, simple and mysterious' Sean O'Brien Sunday Times

'His voice is unlike any other' Lavinia Greenlaw New Statesman & Society

'Motion is a beautiful lyricist unpretentiously and precisely describing those things worth having even as he casts unsettling shadows across them' Robert Potts The Guardian

Andrew Motion was appointed Poet Laureate in 1999. ‘I see myself as a town crier, can-opener and flag-waver for poetry’ His work has received the Arvon/Observer Prize, the John Llewelyn Rhys Prize and the Dylan Thomas Prize. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Royal Holloway and recently co-founded The Poetry Archive.

During the evening he will introduce his acclaimed autobiography In The Blood A Memoir of my Childhood (Faber), poems old & new and his work as Laureate.

‘Andrew Motion’s childhood memoir In the Blood is funny and spare and honest and clear. He captures perfectly the anxious yet optimistic incompleteness of being young.’ Julie Myerson Independent on Sunday

‘The great value of a memoir such as this is not only its revelation of someone else’s experiences, someone else’s consciousness, but the realisation of how much we share. He does write beautifully, of course, but I expected that; what’s given me even more pleasure is the amber-like quality of his memory, and the things I found myself recalling in sympathy.’ Philip Pullman

‘Deeply engaging … the innocence and the hardness of childhood are beautifully put together ... it’s a strikingly good book, framed by tragedy but full of intense life.’ Helen Dunmore

His website is at

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