Wed 15th May at 7:30pm
Sir Andrew Motion
@ Tara Arts, London
Also appearing: Andrew Motion
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The Customs House : Andrew Motion
A stunning new collection from the former Poet Laureate.
The book is in three sections, and opens with a sequence of war poems, Laurels and Donkeys, which draws on soldiers' experiences from the First and Second World war, through to the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
He also reads from The Cinder Path (Faber), shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry, and answers questions about his writing. Followed by book signing.
'Motion's greatest and most distinctive gift...is to look squarely at the world and describe it with a plain and unsentimental eloquence that makes world value seem all the more questionable.' Independent on Sunday
'... an honourable, humbling achievement' (The Guardian on The Customs House).
The Poet Laureate (1999-09) and Professor of Creative Writing at Royal Holloway and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His biography of Philip Larkin was awarded the Whitbread Prize of Biography in 1994.
'Motion's greatest and most distinctive gift... is to look squarely at the world and describe it with a plain and unsentimental eloquence that makes world value seem all the more questionable' (Independent on Sunday)
'Mysterious ballads, thoughtful elegies and tender love poems flow out in a contemporary voice which is exceptionally lucid and self-aware, yet retains a haunting and unearthly music' (The Daily Telegraph).
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