Hull to host talk on Philip Larkin’s Letters to Parents



Next week James Booth, author of Phillip Larkin: Letter Home 1936 – 1977 will be hosting a one-off talk about the famous Hull resident’s complicated relationship with his mother and father at Hull History Centre.

James Booth’s book, Philip Larkin: Letters Home 1936-1977, received praise from reviewers in the Guardian, Independent, Times and Evening Standard. The author, also wrote the biography Philip Larkin: Life, Art and Love.

James Booth will discuss the book of Larkins letters and sign copies at the Hull History Centre, on Tuesday 11th December at 2pm.

Larkin, who famously wrote the opening line “They f*** you up, your mum and dad” in his poem This Be The Verse, produced much of his published work during his 30 years as University Librarian at the University of Hull.

The book, published by Faber and Faber, features letters written to Larkin’s “conservative anarchist” father Sydney and beloved mother Eva, whose battle with senility is discussed.

It reveals lively early letters to Larkin’s art teacher sister Kitty and also Larkin’s witty drawings of himself and his mother going about their domestic routines.

The letters are held at the History Centre alongside his poetry workbooks, LP collection, thousands of photographs and his personal library, capturing a very personal insight into the man and his work.

Councillor Marjorie Brabazon, Chair of Hull Culture and Leisure Ltd, said: “This fascinating book gives an insight into one of Hull’s most interesting characters. Anyone who has enjoyed the works of Philip Larkin should not miss the chance to listen to the author talk about the process of putting together this collection.”

Expect an afternoon of Larkin’s poetry, a keen discussion about the poet’s life and works. This is the perfect event for poetry buff and history lovers alike this winter.

James Booth’s talk will take place at 2pm at Hull History Centre on Tuesday 11th December.