philip larkin

The Artswords Reading Group will be gathering at Lower Shaw Farm at 7.30pm Tuesday 19 September to discuss  Required Writing by Philip Larkin.  – A collection of reviews and critical assessments of writers and writing; pieces on jazz; plus revealing interviews, with and by a writer for whom solitude was reckoned to be what daffodils were for Wordsworth.

Philip Larkin was born in Coventry in 1922 and was educated at King Henry VIII School, Coventry, and St John’s College, Oxford. As well as his volumes of poems, which include The Whitsun Weddings and High Windows, he wrote two novels, Jill and A Girl in Winter, and two books of collected journalism: All What Jazz: A Record Library, and Required Writing: Miscellaneous Prose. He worked as a librarian at the University of Hull from 1955 until his death in 1985. He was the best-loved poet of his generation, and the recipient of innumerable honours, including the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, and the W. H. Smith Award.

If you are interested in taking part in the lively, deep, humorous and intensely interesting discussions that the group is known for then contact, new members are always more than welcome.



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