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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 Laureate from 1999 to 2009.

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Andrew Motion, by Jilly Sutton - NPG 6543

Andrew Motion

by Jilly Sutton
wooden head, 2000
NPG 6543

Andrew Motion, by Steve Speller - NPG x87302

Andrew Motion

by Steve Speller
R-type colour print, 1992
NPG x87302

Andrew Motion, by William Teakle - NPG x87879

Andrew Motion

by William Teakle
bromide print, 1996
NPG x87879

Andrew Motion, by Madeleine Waller - NPG x139638

Andrew Motion

by Madeleine Waller
C-type colour print, April 2006
NPG x139638

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