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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
‘Bad habits of expectancy’ – Booking Details
Philip Larkin Society Conference 8th – 9th December 2022 Booking is now open for the Philip Larkin Society Centenary Conference at the University of Hull, 8th-9th December. We have a
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Latest Events
A recording of our fantastic 21st September online event featuring Rosie Millard in Conversation with Sir Andrew Motion is now available to view on our YouTube channel. Click here A recording of Philip
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New PLS Merchandise
It’s that time of year again, looking ahead to Christmas and New Year, and the PLS have just released two new excellent items for our online shop. Following on from
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RT @wild_julian: Coming to Hull very soon ⁦@PLSoc
Coventry rightly gets a part of the Larkin Centenary action on Friday with the unveiling of a plaque at his birthplace, thanks to the support of @CovSoc Here's a taste of Larkin's Coventry courtesy of @CummingsYourWay and specially produced for #Larkin100
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Free event open during Hull Central Library normal hours 3rd - 21st December. More details coming soon.
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