Chairman – Edwin A. Dawes: former Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Hull and, for a record period of eleven years, Chairman of the Library Committee, during which time he worked closely with Philip Larkin. He is now Professor Emeritus. As a friend and colleague of Philip Larkin, he was honoured to accept the invitation to chair the Larkin Society on its foundation in 1995.

Deputy Chairman – Graham Chesters: was one of those instrumental in setting up the Society in 1995. A specialist in modern French poetry, he has published on Larkin and French literature. 

Acting General Secretary – Graham Chesters

Treasurer – Fiona Miller

Events Secretary – Carole Collison

Literary Adviser & Co-Editor About Larkin – James Booth: has published two books on Philip Larkin: Philip Larkin: Writer (Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1991) and Philip Larkin: The Poet’s Plight (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005). He has also edited Larkin’s early girls’-school stories and poems as Trouble at Willow Gables and Other Fictions (Faber, 2002), and a volume of critical essays, New Larkins for Old (Macmillan, 2000), arising from the first Hull International Conference on the Work of Philip Larkin mounted by the Society in 1997. He has recently retired from the Department of English at the University of Hull. His new biography of Larkin: Philip Larkin: Life, Art and Love was published in August 2014.

External Liaison – Don Lee: a former Local Government officer, and tutor with the The Worker’s Educational Association (W.E.A.), Don first became aware of Larkin’s work when he found a copy of Listen Records’ The Whitsun Weddings LP whilst browsing through the railway records section of Rare Records, a specialist shop in Manchester. On the formation of The Philip Larkin Society, Don began to develop the concept of the Society’s Birthday Walks.

City and Region Liaison Officer – Graham Chesters

Merchandising Officers – Lyn Lockwood, Rachael Galletly

Jazz Consultant – John White is Reader Emeritus in American History at the University of Hull, where he taught from 1965 until his retirement in 2002. He shared a love of jazz with Philip Larkin, and with Trevor Tolley produced Larkin’s Jazz, a 4-CD set released by Proper Records (2010) as part of the Larkin25 celebrations. He also co-edited (with Richard Palmer) Larkin: Jazz Writings: Essays and Reviews 1940-1984 (Continuum, 2004), and an essay on Larkin, “‘Goodbye Witherspoon’: A Jazz Friendship” in Dale Salwak’s Philip Larkin: The Man and his Work (Macmillan, 1989). He has contributed several pieces to About Larkin, including “Philip Larkin: Funny Man” and “‘The Great Oak’: Philip Larkin on Louis Armstrong”.

Education Officer – Lyn Lockwood

Media and Publicity Officer – Philip Pullen: was born and brought up in Coventry and is familiar with most of the haunts of the young Philip Larkin. He has spent most of his working life teaching in further and higher education and from 2001 until his retirement in 2011 was an HMI with Ofsted. Although his academic background is in the social sciences he has had a life long passion for English literature. He is currently writing a biographical study of Eva Larkin.

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