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

Talks given at  joint conference with the Betjeman Society held in Leicester entitled ‘A Coming Together of Sorts: the collaborative adventures of John Betjeman and Philip Larkin’ will also be available shortly via the PLS YouTube channel.

On 3rd October there will be an event at Bridgnorth Library, Shropshire. In ‘Somewhere Becoming Rain – Philip Larkin and the 1950s’, poet and playwright Phil Bowen will read ten of Philip Larkin’s poems written in each year of the 1950s. whilst touching briefly on aspects of Larkin’s life up to that point alongside major political, social and cultural events that occurred during the decade.
The programme will also include a 1950’s quiz. 7.30 – 9.00 PM. Further details will be available via this link.

On 5th October, the eve of National Poetry Day, in the British Library in London, the Josephine Hart Poetry Foundation are holding a special Larkin Poetry Hour, introduced by Mary Beard. It will be a superb event with which PLS is proud to be associated. Booking details can be found here.

Hull Libraries have launched an exciting range of activities in support of Larkin100 which will culminate in a Larkin exhibition in the Central Library in December curated by the film maker Zsolt Balogh.  

Check out the ‘High Tea and Poetry‘ afternoons in the James Reckett Reading Room in Hull Central Library on 6th October, 11th November and 8th December. Refined and relaxed afternoons spent in the glorious surroundings of Central Library’s James Reckitt Reading Room in the company of two of Hull’s best poets. Reading poems, telling stories and enjoying delicious food and drink. The events are free but places need to be booked via this link

‘Larkin100: Return To A Rumoured City’. Come and join us in the James Reckitt Reading Room for an evening of readings and discussion marking the 40th anniversary of the celebrated collection; featuring Hull poets; Sean O’Brien, Peter Didsbury and current Hull poet Vicky Foster and more… Again, this is a free event but places need to be booked here.

The 11th October will see the Philip Larkin Society’s very first involvement with an event in Belfast, a place where Larkin worked as a sub librarian from 1950 to 1955 and which contributed significantly to his development as a poet. As part of the Belfast International Arts Festival, Philip Pullen, Chair of Larkin100, will be giving a talk  entitled ‘Larkin in Belfast : The Importance of Elsewhere’. Full details, including booking can be found via this link.

On 25th October, Hull Truck Theatre is the venue for another of Rosie Millard’s ‘in conversation’ pieces, this time live with Alan Johnson. Both fans of Hull and Larkin, both writers, both commentators on the cultural and political world, they will be providing a knowledgeable and personal look at Larkin the writer, Larkin the man and the controversy that sometimes surrounds him. But their exchange will inevitably touch on the role that Hull played in all their lives. What is it about this city with its ‘different resonance’ that inspires great poetry? Booking details can be found here.

On Wednesday 2nd November, we are organising a Larkin Day in Loughborough. Join local author, Lynne Dyer, and Philip Pullen for a guided tour of the town, covering places relevant to Larkin and his mother, Eva, who lived in the town for many years and who Larkin visited and stayed with on a regular basis. This will be followed by an evening of Larkin-related talks hosted by the School of Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Loughborough. Booking details to follow.

The annual commemorative PLS event on 2nd December, the day Larkin died in 1985, will this year take place in Westminster Abbey. Details are still being worked on. It will include Evensong and a short ceremony in Poets’ Corner and will include readings of poems. Numbers will be limited. Booking arrangements will be circulated as soon as they are finalised.

The PLS Conference, ‘Bad habits of expectancy’, will take place at the University of Hull on 8th -9th December. We are very pleased to host an academic conference which aims to present current thinking about Larkin and his contemporaries in a lively and interactive programme, including keynote speaker and leading Larkin commentator, Rachel Cooke. Please find the Call for Papers here. The deadline for submission of proposals is 7th October.

And there is bound to be more! In fact, we are planning something very special during the final few months of the year. Be sure to keep a close eye on our website, Twitter and Instagram accounts for updates and announcements.

In addition, the new PLS YouTube Channel will continue to post content relating to various Larkin places, as well as recordings of some of the Larkin100 talks and lectures. We are hoping to upload a lot more video content generated by members and followers: we encourage contributions to be sent to us via the email address

Philip Pullen
Chair, Larkin100