BY OLIVIA SAYERS
ANDREW MOTION, the poet laureate, has revealed that he seriously considered becoming a Catholic but ultimately found Church doctrine “too fruity”.
He said that Catholicism involved having to “believe too much, too much of the stuff that I can’t believe”.
But he added: “There’s definitely a hole that is Godshaped in my life, no question – and perhaps one day it’ll get filled.” Mr Motion, 56, will step down as poet laureate in May after 10 years in the post. He was appointed in 1999 and stipulated at the time that he would only hold the job for a decade. In an interview with the Guardian he said: “I’m glad I did it, and I’m glad I’m giving it up.” He was raised in Stinsted, near Braintree in Essex, and studied English literature at Oxford in the Seventies. His 1994 biography of Philip Larkin won the Whitbread prize for biography.