Poet Andrew Motion: ‘Very occasionally, and with a reasonably clear conscience, I give up on novels’

My Life in Books

Andrew Motion's memoir, Sleeping on Islands: A Life in Poetry, is out now

Andrew Motion was UK Poet Laureate from 1999 to 2009 and is co-founder of the online Poetry Archive. In 2015 he was appointed Homewood Professor in the Arts at Johns Hopkins University, and he lives in Baltimore, USA. His memoir Sleeping on Islands: A Life in Poetry is published this week along with his New and Selected Poems New and Selected Poems, by Faber.