A prolific writer, Andrew motion was appointed as Poet Laureate in May 1999 and has received a host of awards, including the Whitbread Prize in 1994. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. In The Blood A Memoir of my Childhood (Faber & Faber) is published in Sept?06.
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. Litt. 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.
His work has received the Arvon/Observer Prize, the John Llewelyn Rhys Prize and the Dylan Thomas Prize. In 1994 his biography of Philip Larkin was awarded the Whitbread Prize for Biography, and shortlisted for the NCR Award. The Lamberts won the Somerset Maugham Award. Andrew now lives in London.
His works include:
2006 – In the Blood: A Memoir of my Childhood (pub.Sept?06)
1991 – Love in a Life
1994 – The Price of Everything
1997 – Salt Water
1998 – Selected Poems 1976-1997
2001 – Here to Eternity (an anthology edited by Andrew Motion)
2002 – Public Property
2003 – First World War Poems (an anthology selected by Andrew Motion)
1993 – Philip Larkin: A Writer’s Life
1995 – The Lamberts (first published in 1986)
1997 – Keats
2000 – Wainewright the Poisoner
2003 – The Invention of Dr Cake