On Saturday 5th December2020 the Philip Larkin Society held its first online event, ‘New Generation Women Poets and the Larkin Legacy’
The event, chaired expertly and engagingly by Dr John Osborne, one of the founders of PLS, featured three of the UK’s most exciting new poets – Rachael Allen, Rachel Long and Mary McCollum – all of whom have a connection with Hull, and attracted a strong turn out of PLS members and other Larkin enthusiasts from across the world.
In addition to reading a selection of their poems, the poets took part in a fascinating discussion of topics ranging from the influence (or lack of influence) of Larkin and other Hull poets on their work, Hull as a place to write in, the nature of the writing process itself, and the place of structure in poetry.
Feedback on the event has been highly positive and we are delighted to have reached out to an international audience. We hope to expand further our digital presence as we move forward into the New Year and towards Larkin’s centenary in 2022. Watch this space!