Andrew Motion and Friends

21st May 2014 19:00
Bloomsbury Hotel
16-22 Great Russell St, WC1B 3NN
This special event will showcase some of the most exciting voices to emerge from Bedford Square in recent years.

Andrew Motion read alongside award winning poet Jo Shapcott, as they presented readings from four acclaimed new poets; Karen McCarthy Woolf, Lydia McPherson, Declan Ryan and Will Searle.

Andrew Motion was Poet Laureate from 1999 to 2009; he is Professor of Creative Writing at Royal Holloway College, University of London, and co-founder of the online Poetry Archive. He has received numerous awards for his poetry, and has published four celebrated biographies. His most recent collection is The Customs House (2012). Andrew Motion was knighted for his services to poetry in 2009.

Jo Shapcott is patron of Poet in the City. She has won a number of literary prizes including the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Collection, the Forward Prize for Best Collection and the National Poetry Competition. Her latest collection, Of Mutability, won the Costa prize in 2010. In 2011 she was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry.

Karen McCarthy Woolf was born in London to English and Jamaican parents. Her poetry has been exhibited on London Underground, and broadcast on BBC radio. Her pamphlet The Worshipful Company of Pomegranate Slicers was a New Statesmen book of the year and a PBS recommendation. She appears in Ten New Poets: Spread the Word (Bloodaxe, 2010).

Lydia Macpherson was born and brought up in a small village on the Yorkshire Pennines. She now lives in very flat East Anglia. She read English at Trinity College Oxford and has an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway University of London. Her first collection, Love Me Do (Salt, 2014), won the Crashaw Prize in 2013.

Declan Ryan was born in Mayo, Ireland and lives in north London. His poems have appeared in Poetry Review, Poetry London, The Spectator and elsewhere. He co-edits the Days of Roses anthology series and is poetry editor at Ambit. A pamphlet of his poems is forthcoming as part of the Faber New Poets series.
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