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Andrew Motion - The Customs House
Running time: approximately 1 hour including SQ&A preceded and followed by book signing (30 minutes) A welcome return to Lakeside for Andrew Motion, President of the Campaign to Protect Rural England and co-founder of The Poetry Archive. His new books this autumn are a Poetry By Heart anthology and The New World, the second in his Treasure Island trilogy. His long poem An Equal Voice is the text of a new war requiem, commissioned by the LSO, premiered in autumn 2014. The Customs House is a stunning new collection from the former Poet Laureate. The book is in three sections, and opens with a sequence of war poems, Laurels and Donkeys, which draws on soldiers' experiences from the First and Second World Wars, through to the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Tonight, he'll read from his new books and will be available to sign books before and afterwards in the foyer. Lucid, brilliant, melancholic...Motion's most achieved collection - The Guardian andrewmotion.co.uk