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Andrew Motion on his life and work


Filed under: Poetry

Andrew Motion in conversation with Rebecca Jones, chaired by Maggie Fergusson

PART OF THE LSE SPACE FOR THOUGHT FESTIVAL

Crossing borders

Former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion has spent most of his writing life negotiating the borders between poetry and prose, between memory and imagination, and between public and private life. Through media appearances, readings, lectures and broadcasts, he gave the Laureateship a higher profile than ever before, but admitted that this had taken its toll on his work. Last year he published Laurels and Donkeys, a collection of poems about war. Now, he is at work on a sequel to Treasure Island, published in 2012. As part of the LSE Space for Thought Festival, he talks to BBC Arts Correspondent Rebecca Jones about his life and work.

Recorded on on Saturday 19 February 2011

Andrew Motion photo by Charlotte Knee.