Andrew Motion – I like eating out. I…

I like eating out. I like buying beautiful paintings and being surrounded by beautiful things…


“I like eating out. I like buying beautiful paintings and being surrounded by beautiful things. I have to finance that life. I can barely afford a pension scheme because I don’t make enough money.”
-Andrew Motion

Andrew Motion – I wanted to reimagine the…

I wanted to reimagine the role, in a way that was respectful of its traditional…


“I wanted to reimagine the role, in a way that was respectful of its traditional responsibilities but made them part of a wider pattern of poetry about national incidents, events, preoccupations and to spend a great deal of time going to schools trying to demystify poetry.”
-Andrew Motion

Andrew Motion – While also, importantly, not wanting…

While also, importantly, not wanting to dumb it down or pretend the days of ‘difficult…


“While also, importantly, not wanting to dumb it down or pretend the days of ‘difficult’ poetry are over, because we live in a pluralist culture and there’s room for ‘difficult’ poetry alongside rap and everything else. And poetry won’t be for everyone, but everyone should have the choice.”
-Andrew Motion

Andrew Motion – I deeply adored my mum…

I deeply adored my mum. She was an extraordinary person, even for the prejudice I’m…


“I deeply adored my mum. She was an extraordinary person, even for the prejudice I’m likely to have. She was beautiful, amusing, a tremendous elaborator of things into comic proportions and extravagant in her imagination.”
-Andrew Motion