Celebrate the centenary of Philip Larkin’s birth in the company of poets Wendy Cope, Zaffar Kunial and Andrew Motion. In this online conversation chaired by the writer Jane Feaver, our panel will read their favourite Larkin poems and describe his influence and legacy.
About the Speakers
Wendy Cope was born in Erith, Kent. After university she worked for fifteen years as a primary school teacher in London. Her first collection of poems, Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis, was published in 1986 and her most recent, Anecdotal Evidence, in 2018. In 1987 she received a Cholmondeley Award for poetry and in 1995 the American Academy of Arts and Letters Michael Braude Award. Two Cures for Love: Selected Poems 1979–2006 was published in 2008.
Zaffar Kunial was born in Birmingham and lives in Hebden Bridge. He published a pamphlet in the Faber New Poets series in 2014 and spent that year as the Wordsworth Trust Poet-in-Residence. His debut collection, Us (2019) was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize. In 2022 he was recipient of the Yale University Windham–Campbell Prize. His new collection, England’s Green, will be published in September.
Andrew Motion was UK Poet Laureate from 1999 to 2009 and is co-founder of the online Poetry Archive. In 2015 he was appointed Homewood Professor in the Arts at Johns Hopkins University; he lives in Baltimore. He is the author of the award-winning biography: Philip Larkin: A Writer’s Life. His most recent collection of poems, Randomly Moving Particles, was published by Faber in 2020.
Jane Feaver has been writing and publishing fiction since 2006. Her latest novel, Crazy, is published by Corsair. She is a Trustee of the StAnza International Poetry Festival and is Editor at Large at Faber.
Wendy Cope by Adrian Harvey
Andrew Motion by Johnny Ring
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