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ANDREW MOTION Silver – Return to Treasure Island at Marlborough College Summer School,Tuesday 31

PUBLISHED: 14:30 27 April 2012 | UPDATED: 21:19 20 February 2013

ANDREW MOTION Silver – Return to Treasure Island at Marlborough College Summer School,Tuesday 31

ANDREW MOTION Silver – Return to Treasure Island at Marlborough College Summer School,Tuesday 31

ANDREW MOTION Silver – Return to Treasure Island at Marlborough College Summer School, on Tuesday 31st July '12 at 8.00pm <br/><br/><br/><br/>Andrew Motion, Poet Laureate (1999-09), introduces his eagerly awaited sequel to Treasure Island - Silver -

ANDREW MOTION Silver Return to Treasure Island at Marlborough College Summer School, on Tuesday 31st July 12 at 8.00pm


Silver ~ Return to Treasure Island

  • Pub.Jonathan Cape,pub.15.3.12

  • Booktrack edition out on 18.4.12, the first immersive to be released in the UK (see below)

  • Audio cd voiced by David Tennant, out in July

Andrew Motion, Poet Laureate (1999-09), introduces his eagerly awaited sequel to Treasure Island - Silver - featuring a cast of noble seamen, murderous pirates and tales of love, valour & terrible cruelty.

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. Andrew Motion

Sir Andrew also reads from his latest book of poems, The Cinder Path (Faber) 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 answers questions about his writing and the role of Poet Laureate. Followed by book signing. For adults and 15+

'Like Stevenson, Motion has achieved that very difficult thing: a children's novel that works even better for adults. Look to your laurels, Rowling.' The Times

Tours continues


2 LONDON Southwark, Canada Water Culture Space 020 8692 4446

3 HEXHAM Book Festival at Queens Hall Arts Centre 01434 652477

11 FOWEY Daphne du Maurier Festival 01726 879500

15 BRACKNELL South Hill Park 01344 484 123

16 ULVERSTON Coronation Hall 01229 587140

30 YORK Theatre Royal, Take Over Festival 01904 623568

31 HALIFAX Square Chapel Centre for the Arts 01422 349422


1 CHARLESTON Literature Festival

4 LAUNCESTON Charles Causley Festival 01726 879500

7 NOTTINGHAM Playhouse 0115 941 9419

14 SHOREHAM-BY-SEA City Books at Ropetackle 01273 464440

24 DEVIZES Festival, Town Hall 01380 725 944

30 DINEFWR Literature Festival 029 2047 2266


7 LEDBURY Poetry Festival 0845 458 1743

11 HARROGATE Theatre Royal 01423 502116

16 BURY ST EDMUNDS Theatre Royal 01284 769505

31 MARLBOROUGH College with White Horse Bookshop 01672 892200


11 EDINBURGH Festival


27-31 AUCKLAND NZ War Memorial Museum


4 GRASMERE Wordsworth Trust, St Oswalds Church 015394 63523

5 GRASMERE Wordsworth Trust, Poets on Poets 015394 63523

15 PETERBOROUGH We Love Words, John Clare Theatre, Helpston 01733 253330

27 BERWICK UPON TWEED The Maltings 01289 330 999


10 BASINGSTOKE Haymarket Theatre 01256 844244

11 ILKLEY Literature Festival 01943 816714

18 FAREHAM Arts Centre 01329 223100

24 CHESTER Literature Festival at The Town Hall


15 MUCH WENLOCK Edge Arts Centre 01952 728911

20 HULL Literary & Philosophical Society

July, 1802. In the marshy eastern reaches of the Thames lies The Hispaniola, an inn kept by Jim Hawkins and his son. Young Jim spends his days roaming the mist-shrouded estuaries, running errands for his father and listening to stories in the taproom; tales of adventures on the high seas, of curses, murder and revenge, black spots and buried treasure - and of a man with a wooden leg.

Late one night, a mysterious girl named Natty arrives on the river with a request for Jim from her father - Long John Silver. Aged and weak, but still possessing a strange power, the pirate proposes that Jim and Natty sail to Treasure Island in search of Captain Flint's hidden bounty, the 'beautiful bar silver' left behind many years before. Silver has chartered a ship and a hardy crew for this purpose, whose captain is waiting only for the map, now locked away at The Hispaniola.

Making haste from London, Jim and Natty set off in the footsteps of their fathers, their tentative friendship growing stronger day by day. But the thrill of the ocean odyssey gives way to terror as The Nightingale reaches its destination, for it seems that Treasure Island is no longer uninhabited...

Andrew Motions poetry has received the Arvon/Observer Prize, the John Llewelyn Rhys Prize and the Dylan Thomas Prize. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Royal Holloway and recently co-founded The Poetry Archive. Andrew Motion was knighted for his services to literature in 2009.

Elegant, affectionate homage to Robert Louis Stevenson A piece of writing born of genuine love and respect for the original Adam Lively, The Sunday Times

Like Stevenson, Motion has achieved that very difficult thing: a childrens novel that works even better for adults. Look to your laurels, Rowling John Sutherland, The Times

There are sequels and prequels aplenty, but this follow-up to Robert Louis Stevensons Treasure island by the former Poet Laureate reeks of authenticity, cunning, intrigue, suspense and adventure. Its brilliant, and for all ages Henry Sutton, Daily Mirror

Silver is beautifully written Toby Clements , Sunday Telegraph

This is writing of a high calibre and it is sustained throughout a tale that rarely flags Silvers plot twists and turns and introduces elements beyond even Stevensons imagination. The result is a fascinating and richly colourful novel that can be read by children with an appetite for adventure and adults who will relish reliving the glory days of youth Alan Taylor, Herald

[Motion] reinvents Stevensons world to reveal its dark underside, illuminating both its mysterious beauty and its grim immortality. Silver provides a fitting sequel to Treasure Island, certainly, but also stands in its own right as a companion volume to a literary classic Daisy Hay, Observer

A thrilling follow-up to Robert Louis Stevensons Treasure Island... Silver is a novel that will appeal to readers of all ages. Beautifully written and genuinely exciting... Best of all, Motions novel stays true to Stevensons original tale while adding an extra dimension Emma Lee-Potter, Daily Express

Elegant, thrilling sequel...The plot is gripping, a mixture of high adventure, low cunning and desperation...Motions prose vivid and glowingly poetic, is a brilliant counterpoint to the fascinating action Eithne Farry, Daily Mail

Silver is a deeply pleasing and convivial book As with Treasure Island, Silver is left open to the possibility of its own sequel, and surely no one would wish Motion to swallow the anchor. All aboard! All aboard! All aboard that's coming aboard Ian Sansom, Guardian

Silvercaptures something of the old magic. The thrilling flight across moor and heather that Henry James admired in Kidnapped.... finds expression in Silvers action scenes set amid Caribbean waters Ian Thomson, Financial Times


Booktrack is a revolutionary new technology that is launching in the UK for the first time in partnership with Random House and the new title Silver ~ Return to Treasure Island.

Booktrack creates synchronized soundtracks for e-books that automatically matches music, sound effects and ambient sound to your reading speed to create an immersive reading experience.

"I hope that this groundbreaking digital format encourages new readers (and old) to experience narrative in an exciting and innovative way Andrew Motion


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