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LARKIN100: Love Death & Hull

30th November 2022

Experience Larkin’s life in Hull through film, poetry, music and readings in an immersive experience that fills the whole of the beautiful James Reckitt Reading Room.

The installation has been commissioned as part of Larkin 100, a celebration of Larkin’s centenary. It has been designed by Zsolt Baloch and Kathryn Johnson of Palma Studios, the creative team responsible for Made in Hull, which opened Hull’s 2017 City of Culture year to great acclaim.

The Estate of Philip Larkin, The Philip Larkin Society and other associated bodies have granted access to Larkin’s personal photographs, letters, draft poetry, artefacts and even doodles.

These will all be included in an immersive experience utilising multiple projectors and surround sound to turn the beautiful James Reckitt Reading Room into a representation of Larkin’s internal thoughts and external influences as he lives and works in Hull.

The exhibition begins on Saturday 3 December and runs until Wednesday 21 December 2022, at Hull Central Library on Albion Street. It’s free, and suitable for people of all ages to enjoy.

We are proud to fund 'Larkin’s Lighted Rooms' as part of the Larkin 100 celebrations.