Sir Andrew Motion on the War Poets

We are proud to announce that Sir Andrew Motion will be at Hughes Hall on Wednesday 4 June.

The Former Poet Laureate will be reading at When the Sun Shone in Vain: Edward Thomas and the War Poets, a special event to mark the centennial anniversary of the outbreak of World War One.

Focusing on the poetry of Edward Thomas, among other war poets, he will also read extracts from his new collection, The Customs House, which includes the 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.

The evening also celebrates Hughes Hall Honorary Fellow Professor Masa Ohtake, who has made a generous donation of his lifetime collection of books to the College. The collection contains a wide range of first edition poetry books and a number of rare items related to the First World War poets, including Siegfried Sassoon and Robert Graves, and particularly those of Edward Thomas, known to be a favourite of Andrew Motion. Sir Andrew will answer questions about Thomas as well as his own writing, and will be signing copies of The Customs House.

The event will take place in the Pavilion Room at Hughes Hall, on Wednesday 4 June, at 7pm. To buy a ticket, RSVP to
Tickets cost £7-00 / £6-00 for Hughesians.

We hope that we will be able to see you there.


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