Former Poet laureate Sir Andrew Motion raises money for two Camden youth charities

Sir Andrew Motion hosted a poetry evening in aid of two charities working with young people in Camden.

The former Poet Laureate, who lives in Kentish Town, led an evening of entertainment with readings and music at Lauderdale House in Highgate Hill, Highgate, on Tuesday.

The event was in aid of the New Horizon Youth Centre, which is based in Charlton Street, Somers Town, and works with homeless and at-risk youngsters, and the New Diorama Theatre in Regent’s Place, Euston, which supports community theatre groups.

Sir Andrew told the Ham&High in February: “Both these causes are obviously pretty close to my heart. I spend my life thinking about things to do with the imagination. They are part of my existence. And helping homelessness is obviously a good cause.”

The evening, which was postponed in February when Sir Andrew underwent a knee operation, was organised by the Mayor of Camden, Cllr Heather Johnson, who is backing both charities during her year in the robes.