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Philip Larkin
£6. Celebrate the centenary of Philip Larkin’s birth in the company of poets Wendy Cope, Zaffar Kunial and Andrew Motion, in this special online Faber Members event.

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7:00 pm
About the Event

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.

Image credits:
Wendy Cope by Adrian Harvey
Andrew Motion by Johnny Ring

Whatto Expect

Our online events take place via Zoom and last up to one hour.

  • You will be emailed the link for the event the day before the event. If you haven’t received it by the morning of the event, please forward your confirmation email to
  • We are unable to accept live questions during the event. However, you can email your questions in in advance to, although we are unable to guarantee which questions, if any, will be covered due to time constraints.
  • When you book for this event, you will receive an email confirmation along with a promotional code to use on our website for 20% off The Complete Poems of Philip Larkin.
  • Ticket holders will have access to a link of a recording of the event and will have the opportunity to re-watch if for a period of ten days afterwards.
About the Author

Philip Larkin was an English novelist, librarian and celebrated poet, who has been awarded numerous honours including the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. Born in Coventry in 1922, he was educated at King Henry VIII School and Oxford University. His first book of poetry, The North Ship, was published in 1945, followed by The Less Deceived (1955), The Whitsun Weddings (1964) and High Windows (1974).

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Philip Larkin

The Complete Poems of Philip Larkin in an entirely new edition that brings together all of Larkin’s poems in addition to some unpublished pieces.