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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Author to present his classic sequel

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READING: Sir Andrew Motion will be presenting his Silver: The Return to Treasure Island at the Coronation Hall

FORMER poet laureate Andrew Motion presents his own sequel to Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous children’s story Treasure Island at the Coronation Hall next month.

Sir Andrew, who held the laureateship from 1999 to 2009, introduces his book Silver: The Return to Treasure Island, featuring a cast of noble seamen and murderous pirates, in Ulverston on May 16.

He said: “Treasure Island is a book I have loved since childhood – it is a cornerstone of my reading, and of my imagination.

“Excitement, mystery, intrigue, suspense, pathos and human sympathy: Stevenson combines all these things. I have tried to do the same in a story which honours his original genius, but at the same time sails its own course.”

He will also be reading from his latest book of poems, The Cinder Path, shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry, Laurels and Donkeys on conflicts from 1914 to the war in Afghanistan, his acclaimed autobiography In The Blood – A Memoir of My Childhood and answering questions about his writing and the role of poet laureate.

The show in Ulverston starts at 7.30pm and tickets are available from the venue’s box office.

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