Treasure in store for Chester poetry fans


David Powell

ONE of Britain’s most celebrated poets will visit Chester as part of the city’s literature festival next week.

Sir Andrew Motion, who was UK Poet Laureate from 1999-2009, will be appearing at the University of Chester’s Molloy Lecture Theatre on Wednesday next week at 7.30pm.

Sir Andrew will be reading excerpts from his latest book Silver, a sequel to the classic children’s novel Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, as well as material from The Cinder Path, his latest book of poems.

Paul Lavin, manager of the Chester Literature Festival, said: “Sir Andrew Motion is a much celebrated poet and it is wonderful we have been able to add him, along with the host of other famous names from the world of literature, to the festival.

“Sir Andrew has written the sequel to Treasure Island so we felt it would be a great opportunity to have him come and give a talk on the book and his time as Poet Laureate.

“The book has received very good reviews and it is a great chance to bring the original novel to a new audience.”

The university will also play host to Sir Jeremy Isaacs, the former chief executive of Channel 4, at the Riverside Campus on Saturday, October 27 (7.30pm).

Sir Jeremy will be in conversation with poet Tony Harrison, where he will discuss Channel 4’s decision to broadcast Harrison’s controversial poem, V, almost 25 years on from the event.

Mr Lavin added: “It will be a wonderful spectacle to see both Sir Jeremy and Tony in conversation.

“The poem V was extremely controversial when it was broadcast due to the nature of the language used.

“It caused quite a stir at the time and even (the late broadcasting clean-up campaigner) Mary Whitehouse complained about it.

“It will be fascinating for people to hear the story behind it.”

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