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Last Updated: Wednesday, 4 May, 2005, 05:36 GMT 06:36 UK
Honorary degree for poet laureate
Andrew Motion
Professor Motion will deliver a reading during the ceremony
Poet Laureate Andrew Motion is set to receive an honorary degree from the University of Sheffield.

Professor Motion, who became the UK's official royal poet in 1999, will be given the honour during a special ceremony on Wednesday.

The acclaimed poet will also deliver a reading at the event, which has been organised as part of the university's centenary lecture series.

Spokeswoman Linda Morewood said the university was delighted to have him.

"Alongside readings of his poetry, Andrew is planning to talk to the Sheffield audience about various aspects of his role as poet laureate," she added.

"We look forward to welcoming an audience from across the Sheffield community for what promises to be an enlightening and entertaining evening with an acclaimed poet, critic, biographer and lecturer."

Prof Motion, who succeeded Ted Hughes as the poet laureate, will be reading some new poems as well as works from earlier collections.

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