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February brings us a Samuel Taylor Coleridge poem from The Poetry Archive recorded especially for the Writing Places project.

This Lime Tree Bower My Prison (1797) is read by Sir Andrew Motion.

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Our January poem, recorded by The Poetry Archive, is To Meadows by Robert Herrick

Robert Herrick was born in Cheapside, London in August 1591, one of seven children, whose father died when he was still a baby and his mother remained a single parent thereafter. He spent six years as an apprentice goldsmith to his uncle but left 4 years before his 10-year tenure was finished. Herrick then studied at St John’s College, Cambridge and by 1629 he could be found as the newly installed vicar of Dean Prior church in Devon. Herrick was expelled from his parish in 1647, one of 142 Devonshire clergymen whose Royalist standpoint put them at odds with the Puritan uprising. He was restored to his post during the Restoration and died in his parish in 1674 aged 83. Read more…

Alfred Lord Tennyson – In Memoriam CVX read by Sir Andrew Motion

The Poetry Archive have recorded a selection of classic poems exclusively for the Writing Places project and we will be releasing them to the website on a regular basis over the duration of the project. Our first recording is read by Sir Andrew Motion and is In Memoriam CXV by Alfred Lord Tennyson.


In Memoriam CXV by Tennyson read by Sir Andrew Motion




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Sir Andrew Motion reads Thomas Hardy’s ‘I Look Into My Glass’

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VIDEO: Writing Places Launch with Sir Andrew Motion

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  • sir-andrew-motion-indoor-groupSir Andrew Motion and Tracey Guiry, CEO Literature Works, with Dame Helen Ghosh, Director General National Trust and James Grasby, Curator National Trust in Max Gate, 2nd June 2015
  • group-shot-3Left to right: Helen Mann, General Manager National Trust West Dorset, Dame Helen Ghosh, Director General National Trust, Sir Andrew Motion, Tracey Guiry, CEO Literature Works & Lawrence Roots, Visitor Experience Consultant, National Trust
  • marqueecrowd2Chair of Literature Works, Dr Joan Chandler
  • marqueecrowd14Tracey Guiry, CEO Literature Works, launches Writing Places, Max Gate, June 2nd 2015
  • sirandrew-and-dame-helen-sitting1 (1)Sir Andrew Motion with Dame Helen Ghosh, Director General, National Trust
  • sir-andrew-signing-2Sir Andrew Motion signing books at the Writing Places launch
  • sir-andrew-motion-study-21Sir Andrew Motion, Thomas Hardy’s Cottage, Max Gate, 2nd June 2015
  • img_0835Max Gate, Writing Places Launch Day, 2nd June 2015

The Writing Places launch in Max Gate 2nd June 2015

Last week Sir Andrew Motion came to Max Gate to help us launch the Writing Places project. The previous night’s storm had thankfully calmed and the marquee stood strong and square on the lawn, and the Hardy volunteers were out in force, making sure cars were able to park and visitors were able to enjoy tours of the house, and soon the gardens were full of guests.

The house was empty and quiet and as we toured we were able to experience what it must have been like to visit the Hardy family as guests. As Lawrence Roots of the National Trust noted, it was wonderful to see so many National Trust staff, volunteers and partners come together to celebrate the launch of this exciting new project, and a real honour to have both Sir Andrew Motion and Dame Helen Ghosh there.

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