Thursday, April 11, 2013

The School in August by Philip Larkin

Here is a piece I wrote for the Philip Larkin Society website, back in 2006, about one of Philip Larkin's more impressive pieces of juvenelia.

And here is one of my own poems on Youtube
, narrated by a lady called Kirsty Clark and set to a video by the people who run the website This is Hull. I holidayed in Hull around this time, partly out of my interest in Philip Larkin (he was librarian at the University of Hull), partly out of sheer perversity. Who would take a holiday in Hull? I would. The very week I was there, it was voted worst place to live in Britain. The poem has nothing to do with Hull.

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