Sir Andrew Motion and Dr Benjamin Zepaniah

Sir Andrew Motion, former Poet Laureate, is patron to the Lady of Shalott film project. “Tennyson is one of my best-loved poets, and in my view also the best Laureate there’s ever been”.
– Sir Andrew Motion

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 Sir Andrew Motion was appointed as Poet Laureate in May 1999. Photograph By: Andrew Mealing

Andrew Motion was born in 1952. He read English at University College, Oxford and subsequently spent two years writing about the poetry of Edward Thomas for an M. Litt. From 1976 to 1980 he taught English at the University of Hull; from 1980 to 1982 he edited the Poetry Review and from 1982 to 1989 he was Editorial Director and Poetry Editor at Chatto & Windus. He is now Professor of Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and lives in London. He was knighted for his services to literature in 2009.

Click here for a link to Andrew Motion’s web site

Dr Benjamin Zepaniah ‘The poem has been given a new lease of life. Through this DVD, today’s lovers of this classic poem can inspire the next generation of poetry lovers. I am sure Tennyson himself would be proud.’

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Benjamin Zephaniah – photo United Agents

Dr Benjamin Obadiah Iqbal Zephaniah was born and raised in Birmingham, England. He cannot remember a time when he was not creating poetry but this had nothing to do with school where poetry meant very little to him, in fact he had finished full time education at the age of 13. His poetry is strongly influenced by the music and poetry of Jamaica and what he calls ‘street politics’. His first real public performance was in church when he was 10 years old, by the time he was 15 he had developed a strong following in his home town of Handsworth where he had gained a reputation as a young poet who was capable of speaking on local and international issues.

For more see Benjamin Zepaniah’s web site