From Wednesday 5th to Sunday 9th of August the City of Hull will be at the centre of a massive celebration of Larkin and toad-related activity.
It is five years since the famous, and highly popular toads took to the streets of Hull under the umbrella of Larkin25 and now they are set to make a triumphant return.
‘Toads Revisited’ marks the 30th anniversary of Larkin’s death and the importance of his legacy. A ‘Toads Revisited Trail’ around the City, a bike library, an audio-visual installation based on Larkin’s poem ‘Toads Revisited’ and a huge inflatable Larkin Toad hovering over the city centre are just a few of the events planned. And on Sunday 9th August, Larkin’s birthday, there will be an evening of performances of newly written musical compositions by David Gawthorpe inspired by, and situated at, key locations along the Larkin Trail, including Spring Bank Cemetery, Paragon Station and Ye Olde Black Boy, one of Larkin’s favourite jazz haunts.
A weekend definitely not to be missed!