Andrew Motion

Village voices: Max Porter’s haunting new novel, Lanny

Love, death and loss in a small village – Lanny reviewed

2 March 2019 9:00 am

Max Porter’s first book, Grief is the Thing with Feathers (2015), got a lot of credit for finding original ways…

Under a spell: Philip Larkin with Eva in 1965

A little of Philip Larkin’s letters goes a long way

27 October 2018 9:00 am

On 13 September 1964, at the age of 42, Philip Larkin began writing to his mother Eva (his ‘very dear…

When Graves was wounded at High Wood on the Somme he was listed as dead. The sense of being a revenant probably affected him for the rest of his life. [Mary Evans Picture Library}

Ménage à quatre with Robert Graves

18 August 2018 9:00 am

‘I have a very poor opinion of other people’s opinion of me — though I am fairly happy in my…

Aeneas and the shade of Dido by Bartolomeo Pinelli.

Gifts from beyond the grave — from Virgil and Seamus Heaney

19 March 2016 9:00 am

When Virgil died at Brindisium in 19 bc, on his way back to Rome from Greece, he left the Aeneid…

The Camp

4 July 2015 9:00 am

Near the dogleg turn of the lane down to the ponies’ field, skulking in summer among cow parsley and meadow…