THE former Poet Laureate, Sir Andrew Motion, is coming to Strode Theatre in Street, on Wednesday 13th June at 7.30pm, to introduce his new verse memoir, Essex Clay, with readings from the book and reminiscences of his life, his family and the history of the place he is from.
Andrew Motion’s prose memoir, In the Blood (2006), was widely acclaimed, praised as “an act of magical retrieval” (Daily Telegraph) and “a hymn to familial love” (Independent). Now Motion has looked back once more to recreate a stunning biographical sequel, but, this time, in verse.
Essex Clay rekindles, expands and gives a tragic resonance to subjects that have haunted him throughout his writing life. The poem’s wealth of physical detail and its narrative momentum make it as compelling as a fast-paced novel: a settling of accounts which admits that final resolutions are impossible.
Andrew Motion was Poet Laureate from 1999 to 2009 and is co-founder of the online Poetry Archive; in 2015 he was appointed a Homewood Professor in the Arts at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.
His many awards include the 2015 Ted Hughes Award (2015. He was knighted for his services to poetry in 2009. After the talk, Sir Andrew will take part in a question and answer session, and will also sign copies of his book.