Thursday 14 May, 7.30pm
Former Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion will perform a specially created new work in a one-off, intimate performance, timed to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. Motion will perform the premiere reading of this new poem within the spectacular surroundings of IWM North, as part of Museums at Night 2015.
Motion was Poet Laureate from 1999 to 2009, was knighted in 2009 and last year received the Wilfred Owen Poetry Award. His new poem, inspired by objects and stories in IWM?s collections, reflects on the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It will be performed for the first time on Thursday 14 May as the culmination of the A Conversation with Sir Andrew Motion event, in which he will discuss his new and past works on the subject. The new poem will be subsequently installed as a sound recording within IWM North?s Main Exhibition Space.
The Museums at Night event will also include a screening of An All-Encompassing Light by Chloe White ? winner at the IWM Short Film Festival ? in which Lee Jong Keun, a long-time resident of Hiroshima, tells the story he kept secret for decades, to remember friends and family, and to reveal the lingering effects of the bombing.
Tickets are £6 and can be bought online or in advance at our Admissions Desk.