Former Poet Laureate to speak in Winchester about his love for countryside

Andover Advertiser: Former Poet Laureate to speak in Winchester about his love for countryside Former Poet Laureate to speak in Winchester about his love for countryside

SIR Andrew Motion, the former Poet Laureate and president of the Campaign to Protect Rural England will visit Hampshire in February to speak about his love for the countryside and the importance of preserving rural landscapes.

The talk, entitled Childhood, poetry and caring for the countryside will be at the Holiday Inn, Morn Hill, near Winchester on Thursday February 27.

He said: “It is absolutely vital we engage a new generation. This is partly so that we can look ahead and feel the defence of the countryside is in good hands, and partly so we can encourage as many people as possible to enjoy and understand our beautiful landscapes.”

Sir Andrew has a deep fondness for the English countryside, instilled by a rural upbringing. He will talk about his poet laureate-hood and current presidency of CPRE, and will read some of his poetry.

He succeeded writer Bill Bryson as CPRE president in 2012 and was Poet Laureate from 1999 until 2009.

The evening will begin with a reception at 6.45pm and the talk begins at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £20 per person, including a glass of wine and snacks.

For tickets please telephone 01962 779185 or email info@cprehampshire.org.uk.

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1:00pm Mon 9 Dec 13

one in a million says...

Could he also talk to Eastleigh Borough Council as they seem determined to build over all the countryside in the borough?
Could he also talk to Eastleigh Borough Council as they seem determined to build over all the countryside in the borough? one in a million

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