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Andrew Motion


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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. Lit. 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 is now Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. He is a member of the Arts Council of England and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Andrew Motion is the author of eight books of poems, of four biographies, including the authorized life of Philip Larkin, and of critical studies of Larkin and Edward Thomas. He has been the recipient of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award, the Dylan Thomas Award and the Whitbread Prize for Biography. He was appointed Poet Laureate in May 1999.
 
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Collections
   Goodnestone (poems) (1972)
   Inland (poems) (1976)
   The Pleasure Steamers (poems) (1978)
   Independence (poems) (1981)
   Secret Narratives (poems) (1983)
   Dangerous Play (poems) (1984)
   Natural Causes (poems) (1987)
   Two Poems (poems) (1988)
   Love in a Life (poems) (1991)
   The Price of Everything (poems) (1994)
   Salt Water (poems) (1997)
   Penguin Modern Poets Book 11 (poems) (1997) (with Michael Donaghy and Hugo Williams)
   Here To Eternity (poems) (2001)
   A Long Story (poems) (2001)
   Selected Poems 1976-1997 (poems) (2002)
   Public Property (poems) (2002)
   Romantic Engineer (poems) (2007)
   After the War (poems) (2007)
   The Mower (poems) (2009)
   The Cinder Path (poems) (2009)
   The Customs House (poems) (2012)
   RED (2012) (with Cecelia Ahern, Rachel Cusk, Emma Donoghue, Max Hastings, Victoria Hislop, Anthony Horowitz, Hanif Kureishi and Will Self)
   Peace Talks (poems) (2015)
   English Elegies (poems) (2017)
   Coming in to Land (2017)
   Essex Clay (poems) (2018)
   Randomly Moving Particles (poems) (2020)
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Andrew Motion recommends
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After Nature (2002)
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"A deeply intelligent book, but also a marvelously warm and intelligent one."
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K (2002)
Hong Ying
"Like all Hong Ying's work, K is written with a wonderfully intense simplicity - it's tough, uncompromising, direct and tense with strong emotion, but also full of poetry and grace."
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A Herring Famine (2017)
Adam O'Riordan
"One of the most talented writers I've come across, with tremendous delicacy of feeling and expression."

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