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Larkin About: A poetic tribute
Philip Larkin
Philip Larkin lived and worked in the city from 1950 until his death in 1985

The 2nd December marks the 25th anniversary of the death of Hull poet Philip Larkin.

Widely considered one of the greatest poets of the 20th century, he worked as the head librarian at Hull University.

He was offered, and declined, the position of Poet Laureate in 1984.

As well as poetry Larkin wrote reviews of jazz and edited a number of poetry collections.

Hull has been commemorating him with a series off events over the last six months. There have been exhibitions, lectures, poetry performances and a sculpture trail featuring fibre-glass toads

As part of the anniversary activities BBC Humberside asked local poets to write and perform a piece about our region.

The poems are on the theme of a sense of place. Much of Larkin's work was rooted in and reflected the area.

Today's Poems

David Thompson

David Thompson

David Thompson lives in Hedon and started writing eight years ago.

He said his worked is based on everyday life in the region.

This work was written in 2008 and suggest a statue of Philip Larkin at Hull Station. An idea that will happen next year.

David bannister

David Bannister

David Bannister's work draws heavily on his wartime experiences as a child living in east Hull.

He was encouraged to write by his wife, who suggested a piece about his late mother. Other members of his family and friends asked for poems. He has now written over 100 works.

Tim Neave

Tim Neave

Tim Neave is part of the Nunsthorpe Poets group in Grimsby.

He has been writing since he was 16, influenced by the punk movement.

He worked as a teacher and said his work deals with the natural world, philosophy and spiritualism.

Bryan Berue

Bryan Berue

A native of London, Bryan Berue has lived in Hull for many years.

He is one of the poets whose worked is published by the thisisull website.

He has performed across the region as part of the Write to Speak project, including shows at Hull Truck Theatre.

Previous Poems

Philip Larkin's poetry on wheels
07 Oct 10 |  Arts & Culture
In pictures: Larkin Toads Trail
16 Jul 10 |  Arts & Culture
City statue to honour late poet
18 Nov 09 |  Humber
Scholars outbid for poet's home
11 Jan 02 |  England


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