Sir Andrew Motion, past Poet Laureate, will spend the day at Bootham School (on Thursday, 29th January) giving a series of public readings including work from his soon to be published ‘Peace Talks’. Headmaster, Jonathan Taylor, himself a prizewinning poet, said, “It is a great pleasure for us to have Sir Andrew with us. His works are stirring and leave a lasting impression. As a Quaker school, we are particularly pleased to have a preview of his soon to be published Peace Talks. The whole subject of conflict and peace, with all the coverage around the Great War anniversary last year, is fresh in our minds – as too is the assessment of the war in Afghanistan following the West’s final withdrawal.”
The first of three events is part of the School’s weekly, public programme of Thursday lunch-time talks and recitals. With free entry every week, doors open at 12.50 pm via the street frontage of 45 Bootham, and the half-hour reading starts at 1.05 pm. The next event is open to local schools, and takes place in the afternoon. Finally, a Gala Evening, fundraising event, with a chance to chat to the poet, hear him read and join a Question and Answer session.
Jonathan Taylor, concluded, “This is a great opportunity we will enjoy sharing with everyone. Sir Andrew’s work has been described as ‘compelling, simple and mysterious’ and his voice as being ‘unlike any other’. We look forward to welcoming a good number of local people to what will be a stimulating and enjoyable occasion.”
Andrew Motion (b. 1952) read English at Oxford where he won the Newdigate Prize and spent two years studying the work of Edward Thomas, an abiding influence. In 1999 he was appointed UK Poet Laureate, serving until 2009 as a high-profile champion of poetry. His work has been recognised by many awards including The Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the Dylan Thomas Award, the Somerset Maughan Award and the Whitbread Biography Award.. He was knighted for his services to literature in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2009.
Photo: 2pm, Thursday, 29th January. Sir Andrew Motion with Bootham’s own poet and Headmaster, Jonathan Taylor.