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Andrew Motion and Friends - Thu 22 May

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Poet in the City
the Bloomsbury Hotel
Royal Holloway University
Andrew Motion and Friends
Thursday 22 May 2014
The Bloomsbury Hotel
16-22 Great Russell St, London WC1B 3NN
from 6.30pm for a 7pm start
Poet in the City present an evening of poetry hosted by Andrew Motion. Celebrating 10 years of the Creative Writing School at Royal Holloway University, this special event will showcase some of the most exciting voices to emerge from Bedford Square in recent years.

Andrew Motion will read alongside fellow poet Jo Shapcott, as they present readings from four acclaimed new poets; Karen McCarthy Woolf, Lydia MacPherson, Declan Ryan and Will Searle.
Andrew Motion
was Poet Laureate from 1999 to 2009; he is Professor of Creative Writing at Royal Holloway College, University of London, and co-founder of the online Poetry Archive. He has received numerous awards for his poetry, and has published four celebrated biographies. His most recent collection is The Customs House (2012). Andrew Motion was knighted for his services to poetry in 2009.
Jo Shapcott
is patron of Poet in the City. She has won a number of literary prizes including the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Collection, the Forward Prize for Best Collection and the National Poetry Competition. Her latest collection, Of Mutability, won the Costa prize in 2010. In 2011 she was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry.
Karen McCarthy Woolf
was born in London to English and Jamaican parents. Her poetry has been broadcast on BBC radios 3 and 4 and is published by The Poetry Review, Modern Poetry in Translation and Poems on the Underground. Her collection An Aviary of Small Birds is forthcoming from Carcanet this autumn.
Lydia Macpherson
was born and brought up in a small village on the Yorkshire Pennines. She now lives in very flat East Anglia. She read English at Trinity College Oxford and has an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway University of London. Her first collection, Love Me Do (Salt, 2014), won the Crashaw Prize in 2013.
Declan Ryan
was born in Mayo, Ireland and lives in north London. His poems have appeared in Poetry Review, Poetry London, The Spectator and elsewhere. He co-edits the Days of Roses anthology series and is poetry editor at Ambit. A pamphlet of his poems is forthcoming as part of the Faber New Poets series.
William Searle
born 1987 Dorset, currently lives in the New Forest. He completed a PhD, for which he was awarded a 3 year studentship by the AHRC, under the supervision of Sir Andrew Motion. His poetry has appeared in Agenda, The Salt Book of Britain's Younger Poets, and many other places. He also writes non-fiction work on Spiritual Ecology and has pieces published in leading US journals. He has also finished the first book of his fable trilogy, Perpernappercan.
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The Andrew Motion and Friends event will take place on Thursday 22nd May at the Bloomsbury Hotel, 16-22 Great Russell St, London WC1B 3NN

Nearest tube station is Tottenham Court Road.

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