Andrew Motion and Friends

07th March 2013 18:30
St George\'s Church
Bloomsbury Way, Bloomsbury, WC1A 2HR
The first in a series of three New Audiences events in partnership with Royal Holloway, University of London, that explored some of the most exciting established and emerging contemporary voices from London's literary Bloomsbury.

A unique audience with the former Poet Laureate. Sir Andrew Motion was joined by three of the most exciting new voices on the poetry scene, Liz Berry, Adam O'Riordan and Robert Hampson.

Andrew Motion is Professor of Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London. He was Poet Laureate from 1999 until 2009 and was knighted for his services to literature in 2009. His new collection of poems is The Cinder Path (Faber) and Ways of Life: Places, Painters and Poets (Faber) is his latest collection of essays.

Liz Berry has an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway and received an Eric Gregory Award in 2009. Her poems have appeared in many of the major UK magazines and on BBC Radio 3. She was the winner of the 2012 Poetry London competition. Her debut pamphlet The Patron Saint of School Girls was published by tall-lighthouse in 2010.

Adam O’Riordan became the youngest Poet-in-Residence at The Wordsworth Trust, the Centre for British Romanticism, in 2008. His first collection In the Flesh (Chatto and Windus) won a Somerset Maugham Award in 2011. He is Lecturer in Poetry Writing at the Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Robert Hampson is Professor of Modern Literature in the English Department at Royal Holloway, where he also teaches on the MA in Poetic Practice. His selected poems, Assembled Fugitives, was published by Stride in 2001, and his long poem Seaport was republished by Sheersman in 2010. His most recent works are an explanation of colours (Veer, 2012) and reworked disasters (Knives forks and spoons, 2013).
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