Currently alive, at 63 years of age.
1952 – Born on the 26th of October.
1975 – Won the Newdigate prize for Oxford undergraduate poetry.
1976 – Further poetry published.
– Taught English at the University of Hull.
1980-198 – Edited the Poetry Review.
1982 – Edits, with Blake Morrison, the Penguin Book of Contemporary British.
1986 – The Lamberts wins the Somerset Maugham Award.
1989 – Editorial Director and Poetry Editor at Chatto & Windus.
– Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia.
1999 – Philip Larkin: A Writer’s Life wins the Whitbread Prize for Biography.
– Appointed Poet Laureate.
2003 – Appointed Professor of Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London.
– Wrote this poem as an ‘A’ side for Prince Williams 21st birthday.
– Motion wrote a poem in protest at Invasion of Iraq called "Regime Change;" the poem is told from the third person point of view, showing a speech made by Death in the streets of Iraq.
2005 – He helped to bring online The Poetry Archive containing both historic and contemporary recordings of poets reciting their own work.