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 Andrew Motion on becoming poet laureate: 

“The first time I met the Queen she said the same thing as Tony Blair, whom I’d also just met for the first time: ‘You don’t have to do anything.’

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England's current poet laureate is refusing to write poems honoring the royal births. Good for her.

     Gasp! England’s current poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, has refused to write poems in honor of the new royal babies.  Many English gentlepeople, especially journalists, are in a flutter! 497 more words


Dawn From the Space Shuttle, Clematis and Poem

1   Yesterday on BBC Radio 4 there was a programme called Soul Music. It is a series where they take a song and examine how it has touched various people very deeply. 216 more words


Larach: reprinted

I’m really delighted to say that I’ve had to bespeak a reprint of Larach. Thanks to everyone who’s already bought a copy. Now, here’s the deal. 382 more words

Philip Larkin and the Third Woman

Broadcaster: BBC FOUR
Year: 2010
Genre: Poetry, Documentary
URL: http://bobnational.net/record/293840

Review by: Lerah Mae Barcenilla

With upbeat jazz notes in the background, Sir Andrew Motion discovers an unpublished Philip Larkin poem and uncovers more of the poet’s life in this thirty-minute documentary titled… 152 more words


Visiting Cheltenham Poetry Festival 2015

Piles and piles of books: literally covering the walls of the room. Shelves labelled children’s books, philosophy, modern novels, poetry, drama, politics – my eye catches a tottering stack of those old Ladybird books I used to love to read as a kid: evocative pictures of Stone Age man bringing down a mammoth, of happy passengers on modes of public transport, of prisoners from the American Civil War. 964 more words

Kate Tempest photo acquired by National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery has acquired Dav Stewart’s photograph of poet and spoken word artist Kate Tempest from her debut solo album Everybody Down. 208 more words