21 March 2007
The Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion (centre), chaired a special event in Oxfordís Bodleian Library last night to commemorate W.H. Auden, one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century.
Motion was joined by the Oxford poet, academic, and novelist John Fuller (right), and the actor Sam Dastor (left). During the evening, introduced by Chris Fletcher (Head of Western Manuscripts in the Library), there was discussion of Audenís life and work, and readings from his poetry.
Every ticket was sold for the event, held in the fifteenth-century Divinity School. The audience also had the opportunity to view a one-off display of rare books, manuscripts, and photographs of the Library's Auden material.
The event, to mark the centenary of Audenís birth, was part of the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival (20-25 March 2007).
W.H. Auden was a graduate of Oxford University (Christ Church), and was later Professor of Poetry (1956-61). He returned to Oxford from New York in 1972 and lived in a cottage provided by Christ Church until his death in 1973.