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Larkin’ Out in Victoria

On a beautiful sunlit Sunday afternoon, committee members of the Philip Larkin Society took part in a poetry reading event in the Avenues area of Hull to help raise funds for the Victoria Avenue Fountain appeal.

The group read a selection of appropriate Larkin poems in some of the gardens along Victoria Avenue, ending up in Pearson Park, near the house in which Larkin spent 18 years of his life and which has just received Grade II listed status.


Philip Pullen and Belinda Hakes reading a suitable combination of ‘The Mower’ and ‘Cut Grass’

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Jackie Sewell reading ‘The Trees’

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James Booth reading ‘Sunny Prestatyn’


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Carole Collinson reading ‘This Be The Verse’


The event ended with a group reading of ‘The Whitsun Weddings’ within earshot of 32 Pearson Park.

Hopefully Philip would have approved!


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