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The Barbara Pym Society Spring Meeting

I’m delighted to be able to announce the details of the Barbara Pym Society’s 2022 Spring Meeting in London.

As some of you will be aware, our usual venue had difficulties during lockdown and we felt we could not use it this year. As a one-off special event, and in recognition of this year’s centenary of the birth of Barbara Pym’s great friend Philip Larkin, we are holding this year’s meeting at the University Women’s Club in Mayfair on Saturday 30th April at 3pm (exact time to be confirmed). We will be joined for this event by members of the Larkin Society.

The programme will consist of a performance of “We Used To Correspond”, an adaptation by Triona Adams of the letters of Barbara Pym and Philip Larkin. Those who have not heard the letters read before will find them both humorous and poignant. Those who have heard them before will be sure to wish to hear them again.

The role of Barbara Pym will be read by Triona herself, and the role of Philip Larkin by popular TV actor Ben Willbond. The basic ticket price is £20. After the performance, which lasts about an hour, there will be an opportunity to enjoy afternoon tea at the UWC, at an additional cost of £22 per head, which will also give the audience an opportunity to meet the actors informally.

We expect this event to be very popular. If you would like to attend and are able to pay by bank transfer, it would be very helpful to the society. Please e-mail chair@barbara-pym.org to reserve your place and indicate whether you would also like afternoon tea. We will then get back to you with further details of how to pay. If you are unable to pay by bank transfer, please contact Lorraine Mepham (l.mepham@lineone.net, or Midholme, Salisbury Road, Netheravon, Wiltshire SP4 9RQ.

NOTE: Please be aware that the room where the event will be held is on the first floor and unfortunately there is no direct lift access.

Best regards 

Deb Fisher Chair,
Barbara Pym Society

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