‘Larkinworld 2’

Larkinworld 2 is the development of an exhibition by D J Roberts first shown at the National Poetry Library, London, in 2017 and now to be shown in Hull as part of the Larkin centenary celebrations.

Roberts writes:

‘As was the case in London, viewers may be surprised by its upbeat nature, by its urban, streetwise aesthetic. This is because my reaction to Larkin’s work has always been of a very specific type. Psychologically Larkin’s world may often be one of morbid obsession, but physically it is a world of bars and shopping malls and cinemas, and this is the world I identify with and enjoy being part of, this is the world that attracted me to his poetry in the first place.

No poet I know more powerfully evokes the ordinary everyday world around us, a world that can comfort, stimulate and excite. Nobody does train journeys better than Larkin, or urban edgelands, or hotels late at night. Nor do sharp shoes, iced lollies and Coke dispensers often get a mention in serious verse.

This is the world I have tried to explore in Larkinworld 2. It is not an elitist world – Larkin was not an elitist in many of his recreations and pleasures – but it’s the world we all live in, and no other major poet I can think of evokes it so vividly, so convincingly, and with such acceptance and affection.’

Larkinworld 2 will be on show in the Exhibition Hall of the Brynmor Jones Library, University of Hull from August 9th to September 25th 2022

Larkin Day

Three years in the making, a long and difficult journey through pandemic, lockdown and huge funding difficulties and we made it through. Larkin100 finally got off the ground, and it flies beautifully!

What a day we had! What a celebration! An amazing event at Hull Truck Theatre started the day in a perfect way, showing us just what Hull offers to poets and musicians and dancers, as a place to write, sing and perform. And then into the evening an inspired performance from the Poet Laureate, Simon Armitage at the University’s Middleton Hall. A short stroll away, in the Brynmor Jones Library, ‘Larkinworld’ re-established itself in the in the form of D J Roberts’ wonderful exhibition. And not just in Hull. Tributes, reflections, inspiration flooded in from across the world via social media.

We thought we might share just a few of the many images and memories of what Simon Armitage rightfully called ‘Larkin Day’.

‘Finding Home’ Hull Truck Theatre

Writer and broadcaster, Matthew Sweet            The Mechanicals Band

Vicky Foster and The Broken Orchestra.                Imtiaz Dharker


 Simon Armitage at Middleton Hall

And this really is just the beginning. There will be a host of Larkin-inspired events across the country throughout the rest of the year. Be sure to check our website and Twitter account for updates.