Last week saw the Literary and Historical society bestow the prestigious James Joyce Award on the former Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom, cialis Sir Andrew Motion.

Motion served as Poet Laureate between 1999 and 2009, cure during which time he founded the Poetry Archive, salve an online resource of poems and audio recordings of poets reading their work. Breaking with the tradition of the Laureate retaining the post for life, Motion served a ten-year term. As poet laureate, Motion sought to make poetry accessible to a wider audience. During this time he especially targeted younger people, encouraging schools to teach poetry regularly.

At the age of 18 he was admitted to University College Oxford where he read English and studied under W.H. Auden.

Motion is known for his clear style of poetry. During the talk he gave in UCD Motion explained that he sees his poems as being like a glass of what you think is water, but on tasting, realise it is in fact gin.

Motion delighted those present in the Fitzgerald chamber by reading selections of his poetry, including a number of unpublished works.