Professor Sir Andrew Motion
Sir Andrew Motion is an acclaimed poet, biographer, critic and lecturer. He won the Newidgate Prize for his poem ‘Inland’ while still a student at University College, Oxford and has continued to win awards for his poetry and other works throughout his career including the John Llewelyn Rhys Prize, the Whitbread Prize for Biography and the de Moffat Prize for Art Criticism. He became the UK’s Poet Laureate in 1999, a title he held onto until he retired in 2009. Across his career, he has written biographies on the likes of Phillip Larkin, Keats and The Lamberts, critical studies on the works of Thomas Hardy, Edward Thomas and others, a script for the Royal Ballet and his autobiography.
More recently, he has ventured into the media, regularly writing for the Guardian and other publications and being a contributor to BBC radio and television. He has also taught at universities and delivered talks to audiences in Hong Kong, Dubai, Melbourne, Mexico City and many more. He was knighted for his services to poetry in 2009.