Andrew Motion is the author of 13 books of poetry, most recently Essex Clay (2018). He has also written biographies (of John Keats and Philip Larkin among others), and two novels (Silver and The New World) as well as a book of essays, Ways of Life.
Motion was the UK Poet Laureate from 1999-2009, and is the co-founder and co- director of the Poetry Archive and Poetry by Heart; he was knighted for his services to poetry in 2009. Before joining The Writing Seminars he was Professor of Creative Writing at Royal Holloway College, University of London.
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Motion teaches both poetry and fiction workshops. His academic work has concentrated on Romantic literature, and on c20 and contemporary British and American poetry. He also has a keen interest in War Poetry (c20 and other), and Environmental Writing.
Andrew Motion’s essays and reviews have been published very widely in British as well as American journals and newspapers, including the Guardian, the London Review of Books, the New York Times Review, the Observer, and the Times Literary Supplement. So have his poems, which have also been included in a number of anthologies, including the New Oxford Book of War Poetry.