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Philip Larkin's death to be marked in Hull

12th January 2010

Hull is to honour the 25th anniversary of the death of its most famous modern literary prodigy - Philip Larkin.

The poet spent more than 30 years in the city working as a university librarian and his links to the area will be marked with Larkin25, a 25-week celebration starting in June.

One of the main events on the bill is an interactive tourist trail covering the places in Hull that inspired the writer, including Paragon train station which is mentioned in The Whitsun Weddings.

At the festival's close in December, a statue of Larkin will be unveiled at London's King's Cross, where the journey in the poem culminates.

Other locations covered in the tour include the old churches and parts of the local countryside the poet used to visit, while further events will be added to the programme in the coming weeks.

The Philip Larkin Society, which is organising the celebration, commented: 'The driving objectives are to celebrate the artistic and professional achievements of Larkin, to make a national and international impact [and] raise appreciation of creativity within Hull itself.'

© W&G Foyle Ltd
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