Andrew Motion (1952-), Poet Laureate
Sir Andrew Motion
Sitter in 4 portraits
Born in London, Motion read English at University College, Oxford. His first collection The Pleasure Steamers, was published in 1977. Further works include Dangerous Play: Poems 1974-1984 (1984), which won the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and Natural Causes (1987), which won the Dylan Thomas Award. He is also the author of the prize winning biographies The Lamberts: George, Constant and Kit(1986) and Philip Larkin: A Writer's Life (1993). Motion is a lyrical poet, who possesses what Philip Larkin called 'tender, sharp observation'. He was Poet Laureateship from 1999 to 2009.