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Since The Philip Larkin Society was founded in 1995, ten years after the poet’s death, it has become a national and international focus for lovers of his writings.

The Society, a registered charity, provides a forum for the discussion of all aspects of Larkin’s work: as poet, novelist, jazz critic and librarian. Our lively, illustrated Journal, About Larkin, mingles reviews and commentaries on the Society’s activities with articles of a more substantial literary nature. Our podcast Tiny In All That Air has featured some of the world’s leading scholars on Larkin and his contemporaries, such as Professor James Booth and Professor Zachary Leader, but also hosts Larkin chat with writers and artists, PLS committee members, honorary vice presidents and, of course, the members themselves. We are always looking for new and creative ways to promote knowledge and understanding of Philip Larkin and to get as many people as possible involved from Hull to all around the world.

  • To promote the public knowledge and appreciation of the works of Philip Larkin (1922-1985) and his literary contemporaries
  • To bring together all those who admire Larkin’s work as poet, novelist, jazz critic and librarian
  • To bring about publications on all things Larkinesque
  • Online and in person events such as conferences, readings, and talks about all aspects of Larkin’s life
  • Online members social events
  • About Larkin Journal, published twice a year in April and October
  • A regular e-newsletter
  • A member of the Alliance of Literary Societies
  • Twitter, YouTube and Instagram channels
PLS in Coventry – the 2022 AGM
For the first time ever, and fittingly in the centenary year of Larkin’s birth, PLS held its AGM and Annual Distinguished Guest Lecture in Coventry at Larkin’s old school, King
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Alliance of Literary Societies AGM Weekend
The Philip Larkin Society was delighted to host the AGM of the Alliance of Literary Societies in Hull over the weekend of 20 – 22nd May 2022.  The ALS acts
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Larkin100 What’s coming up?
In addition to the programme of centenary events organised directly by The Philip Larkin Society, Larkin100 will be promoting a range of additional Larkin related activities offered by others throughout
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@queazylistening Try the Larkin Archive in the Hull History Centre, specifically U DPL3/6 Recordings 1950s- 1992 [sic].
Philip Hensher and the case for Larkin
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PLS Honorary Vice President, Stewart Lee, and a deepening coastal shelf.
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