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Saturday 8 July 2006 21:30-22:15 (Radio 3)
John Betjeman is still remembered as one of Britain's best loved poets. In a year which marks the centenary of his birth, Ian McMillan celebrates his life and legacy in words in the company of those who knew him and those who admired his work.
The Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion kicks off the new season of The Verb with a memoir of a childhood cut short when his mother is involved in a terrible accident which leaves her in a coma. Andrew talks about In The Blood with Ian McMillan, and reveals why he decided to turn to prose to write this extensive and emotional tribute to a post war childhood interrupted.