The latest issue of About Larkin, the Society’s journal, has now been published. It contains a wealth of new, previously unseen material relating to Larkin, including early family letters, which are reproduced as facsimiles by kind permission of his niece, Rosemary Parry.
A fascinating article by Philip Pullen provides new insights into Larkin’s childhood home in Coventry, drawing upon Larkin’s own reminiscences and photographs unearthed from the archive, including a startling image of Larkin’s parents wearing gasmasks.
James Booth throws further light on some of Larkin’s lesser known Belfast acquaintances, and the edition also includes a version of James’s talk on Larkin and Betjeman (entitled, Schoolgirls, Seaside, Churches and Death), given at a joint meeting of the Betjeman and Philip Larkin Societies at St James the Less, Pimlico in September 2016.
There is some fabulous photographic coverage of the memorialisation ceremony in Westminster Abbey, together with personal accounts from two of those who attended – Jim Thornton and Dale Salwak.
Members of the Society receive two issues of the journal each year as part of their membership. Non-members can purchase a copy at a price of £8.00 per issue for the current year’s publications or £3.00 per issue for previous years.