New book tour
Faber, pub Juneí18
Andrew Motionís prose memoir, In the Blood (2006), was widely acclaimed, praised as
Ďan act of magical retrievalí (Daily Telegraph) and Ďa hymn to familial loveí
(Independent). Now having left the UKís shores, Motion looks back once more to recreate a stunning biographical sequel but this time, in verse.
Essex Clay rekindles, expands and gives a tragic resonance to subjects that have haunted Motion throughout his writing life.
Fri 1 June
Arts 7.30pm 020 8333 4457
Sat 2 June BIRMINGHAM
7.30pm 0121 446 3232
Mon 4 June BELLAGHY Seamus
Heaney HomePlace 7.30pm 028 7938 7444
Wed 6 June KENDAL Brewery
7.30pm 01539 725133
Thurs 7 June
sold out NATIONAL TRUST Wordsworth
House 7.30pm 01900 824805
Fri 8 June LUDLOW Assembly
Rooms 7.30pm 01584 878141
Tues 12 June LONDON St
Georgeís Church, Bloomsbury - Faber Members & the London
Review Bookshop, with Alan Hollinghurst 7.00pm
Wed 13 June STREET
Strode Theatre 7.30pm 01458 442846
Fri 15 June STAMFORD
Arts Centre 7.30pm 01780 763203
The poemís wealth of physical detail and its narrative momentum make it as compelling as a fast-paced novel: a settling of accounts which admits that final resolutions are impossible.
'Motion's greatest and most distinctive gift...is to look squarely at the world and describe it with a plain and unsentimental eloquence that makes world value seem all the more questionable.' Independent on Sunday
'Andrew Motion's reading at York Literature Festival was a moving occasion. The audience was utterly silent as the ex poet-laureate read meditations on love, time, loss and eternity. Motion understands the power of understatement in both writing and performance. It was powerful stuff indeed.'
'We could do with a day like yesterday every day in our libraries !!!'
Julie Barkway, Wirral Libraries
THE POETRY ARCHIVE
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IN THE BLOOD A Memoir of my Childhood
'The most moving and exquisitely written account of childhood loss I have ever read Ö a passionate account of a manís love for his parents and for the countryside in which he grew up Ö
In the Blood will always be Andrew Motionís elegy to his mother. For those of us fortunate enough to read this superlative memoir, itís a celebration of mothers everywhere.í
Charlie Lee-Potter, Independent on Sunday