Wednesday, 4 July 2012, 6:00PM
Guildhall

Resetting the Human Compass: The Use and Value of the Arts

Sir Andrew Motion

How might the arts help 'reset' the direction of the human compass in our difficult times? Is an instrumentalist approach to the arts and culture ever a good thing? Knighted for his services to literature and Poet Laureate from 1999 – 2009, Sir Andrew Motion proposes answers to these questions, with reference to his own education as well as poems by Alice Oswald, Seamus Heaney and William Wordsworth.

This is a part of the series of lectures held in partnership with the 2012 City of London Festival.

Sir Andrew Motion was Poet Laureate from 1999 until 2009.
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.

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4 July 2012

Resetting the Human Compass: The Use and Value of the Arts
Sir Andrew Motion

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