An Evening with Sir Andrew Motion
The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG
15 June 2011, 19.00-22.00
This evening event at the Royal Society in London will be a wonderful opportunity to hear Sir Andrew read from his latest collection of poems and answer questions about his writing and the role of Poet Laureate, a position he held from 1999 until 2009. The evening will build on the success of previous London-based events organised by the Institute of Advanced Study; offering friends of the University and the wider Durham alumni network the opportunity to come together for what should prove to be a most stimulating and engaging social occasion.
Date: Wednesday, 15 June 2011
Time: 19.00 - 22.00
Venue: The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton Terrace, SW1Y 5AG
Drinks and nibbles will be available from 7.00pm before the event starts at 7.30pm. This event will see Sir Andrew Motion in conversation with Professor Michael O'Neill (Poet and Director of the IAS) and will be followed by a drinks reception in the Marble Hall for guests to mingle and chat with Sir Andrew.
If you wish to book a place at this event then visit: www.dur.ac.uk/conference.booking/details/?id=88. If you have any queries about the event then please contact the IAS (email@example.com or 0191 3342589)
About the Institute of Advanced Study
The Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) is a flagship institute at Durham University designed to gather people of world-class standing from different disciplines and professions, to address topics of major academic, public and policy interest; a showcase for the 21st century university that addresses global challenges and fundamental research questions by mobilising ideas, interdisciplinary expertise, international collaboration, and active dialogue with practitioners, policymakers and the public.
About Sir Andrew Motion
Andrew 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. He is now Professor of Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and lives in London. He was knighted for his services to literature in 2009. Sir Andrew is a council member of the Advertising Standards Authority and, since last July, Chairman of the Museums, Libraries & Archives Council.
Andrew Motion was Poet Laureate from 1999 until 2009. His latest book of poems is The Cinder Path (Faber), shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry and Ways of Life: Places, Painters and Poets (Faber) is his latest collection of essays. To be launched in November, Laurels and Donkeys (Clutag) on conflicts from 1914 to the war in Afghanistan.
About Professor Michael O'Neill
Michael O'Neill is Professor of English. He was Head of Department from 1997 to 2000 and from 2002 to 2005. He has published books, editions, chapters, and articles on many aspects of Romantic literature, especially the work of Percy Bysshe Shelley, on Victorian poetry, and on an array of British, Irish, and American twentieth- and twenty-first century poets. Recent books include Wheel (Arc, 2008), a collection of poems, and, as editor, The Cambridge History of English Poetry (2010). Professor O'Neill has received the following awards for his poetry: an Eric Gregory Award in 1983 and a Cholmondeley Award from the Society of Authors in 1990.