Andrew Motion is Professor of Creative Writing at Royal Holloway College, University of London and co-founder of the online Poetry Archive. He was Poet Laureate from 1999 until 2009. He has received numerous awards for his writing.
His group study, The Lamberts, won the Somerset Maugham Award and his authorised life of Philip Larkin won the Whitbread Prize for Biography.
His most recent collection of poetry is The Cinder Path, which was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award.
Andrew Motion was knighted for his services to literature in 2009.