I don't know what I think about Andrew Motion as a poet (too soon to call, we classicists would say). But I do admire the way, as poet laureate, he has put himself, and poetry, "about" - in radio interviews, lectures, question and answer sessions, you name it.
Let's hope his successor does the same.
I'm not so optimistic. A few years ago I asked one of the current front runners for the post to come and talk in Cambridge at a fairly big university occasion, for a fee of £400-500. (I'm not going to say which one, so don't even ask -- though if someone is groundlessly traduced, I guess I will be driven to make denials).
The first problem is that the poet didn't do talks, only readings (but would answer individual questions at book signings afterwards). OK, say I, how about a reading followed by a question and answer session from the audience with a "discussant chair"?
No, was the response (and I still have the email), "I don't take open/chaired questions after the reading, no".
So what next?