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Last Updated: Thursday, 23 September, 2004, 16:52 GMT 17:52 UK
Poet Laureate appears at festival
Andrew Motion
Andrew Motion reading his poem 'The Red Gloves'
Poet Laureate Andrew Motion is one of the big names to have appeared at the five-day Folkestone Literary Festival.

He appeared at the festival on Wednesday night when he read his work and shared his thoughts on poetry.

William Hague, Bill Deedes, and historian Robert Lacey have also given talks on their writing this week.

The festival is now in its third year. Organiser Emma Soames said: "People love coming here and the audiences are so appreciative."

'Poetry's role'

Mr Motion told BBC South East Today: "To come down here is not just an opportunity to read my poems and meet the readers.

"It is also a chance to say this is what I believe in, this is what I am trying to make happen within the National Curriculum, and this is the role I think that poetry can play - in more people's lives than it does."

Former leader of the Conservative Party William Hague launched the festival with a discussion about his new biography of William Pitt the Younger on Monday.

Authors John Mortimer and Nina Bawden were also attending the five-day festival, run by the Metropole Arts Centre Trust.


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