Simon Armitage 9 August Hull

Simon Armitage
Simon Armitage
Portrait of Simon Armitage (credit Peter James Millson)

At the invitation of the Philip Larkin Society, Poet Laureate Simon Armitage will give a poetry reading to mark the centenary of Larkin’s birth on the exact anniversary and in the University where the poet spent most of his working life as Librarian.

Simon was born and grew up in West Yorkshire. He is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry and the PEN Prize for Translation. He is Professor of Poetry at the University of Leeds. 

His critical book A Vertical Art brings together the vibrant and engaging lectures from his tenure as Oxford Professor of Poetry (2015-2019).

Event details:

Middleton Hall, University of Hull, Hull HU6 7RX

9th August 2022, 6.00 – 7.15pm (doors will open at 5:30pm)

Tickets: £17 plus booking fee

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‘Finding Home’ 9 August Hull

Larkin100 presents

‘Finding Home’ Hull Truck Theatre, Tuesday 9 August 2pm

On what would have been Philip Larkin’s 100th birthday, writer and broadcaster Matthew Sweet will steer us through an afternoon in the city that both he, and Larkin, sometimes called home. Imtiaz Dharker, an Honorary Vice-President of the Philip Larkin Society, will share her newly commissioned poem on Larkin. The JoinedUpDance Company will perform ‘This Tide of Humber’, a mixed media dance piece based on another Imtiaz Dharker poem. Wes Finch, a Coventry based musician, will set Larkin’s words to music. The Broken Orchestra and Vicky Foster will tell stories of people Larkin might meet if he walked the Hull streets today. 

Tickets: £15 and £12 concessions.

Bookings via Hull Truck Box Office, tel 01482 323 638