Sir Andrew joins festival's search for its own young poet laureate
Former Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion helped inspire the next generation of bards when he appeared at a Falmouth festival.
The celebrated poet was among the line up of the Splash festival where he took to the stage to read from his new collection The Customs House.
He also read from his acclaimed collection The Cinder Path, which was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry, and Silver, the sequel to Treasure Island.
Sir Andrew, who famously admitted writer's block and how halfway through his decade-long laureateship "the words just dried up," was on hand to answer questions about his work and sign copies of his book.
He also joined a festival panel which aimed to search for the young poet laureate of Falmouth.
A total of 10 contestants perform their poems in front of three judges, including Sir Andrew, at an event staged at The Poly.
The Splash arts festival, which started on Friday, is a 10-day extravaganza celebrating Falmouth's creative spirit through theatre, performance, literature and art.
Headlining the literature section along with Sir Andrew was celebrity chef Rick Stein, who was promoting his memoir Under A Mackerel Sky, and former Tory MP Ann Widdecombe.