27th Feb 2012TennysonPoet in the City in association with Winning Words, held a special event celebrating the life and work of Alfred Lord Tennyson.
In March 2011 the last line of Tennyson's poem Ulysses "To strive, to seek, to find and not to yield" was chosen by Winning Words to be installed as a permanent installation in the centre of the Olympic Village, as inspiration and legacy for London 2012. Many years after his death, Tennyson remains one of the most popular and celebrated British poets of all time.
Andrew Motion was Poet Laureate from 1999-2009 and was knighted for his services to literature in 2009. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London. Current titles include The Cinder Path, Laurels and Donkeys and In the Blood (Faber).
Ann Thwaite is a celebrated biographer. Previous works include Waiting for the Party, a life of Frances Hodgson Burnett; Edmund Gosse; A. A. Milne (Whitbread Biography of the Year in 1990); and Emily Tennyson: The Poet’s Wife.
Sarah Weir is the Arts and Culture Director for Olympic Park Legacy Company and was previously Head of Arts and Cultural Strategy for the Olympic Delivery Authority.
Winning Words is a UK wide project of the Forward Art Foundation to link poetry and sport, using the occasion of the London 2012 Games to engage athletes, the public, young people and communities with the unique power of poetry. The permanent poetry installations throughout the Olympic Park are being supported and delivered by the Olympic Delivery Authority, as part of their strategy to integrate art into the park.
Interviews conducted by Katherine Lockton with the participants can be found on the audio page.