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Tiny In All That Air

Tiny In All That Air

By The Philip Larkin Society
This is the podcast for anyone who is interested in Philip Larkin. We will bring you new insights into Larkin's life and writing by talking to people with fascinating stories to tell and unusual connections to the great poet himself.
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Edwin Dawes (Chairman of the Philip Larkin Society)

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Anne O'Neill and Julian Henry
Anne O'Neill and Julian Henry are newer members of the Philip Larkin Society team and many people will have already been feeling the benefit of their fantastic work on the PL Instagram page. Julian is also a trustee and is now supporting the society committee and its planning and events work. Anne is based in County Kerry and Julian in Oxford. We got together to talk about Larkin in the media, Twitter, Instagram, radio and television and Anne and Julian talk about their route into Larkin, their favourite poems, cancel culture, Hull University, Beatrix Potter, Larkin’s legacy and much more. Wider topics and references: Rachel Cusk, Morrissey, Rap Boy, Desert Island Discs, Dublin, James Joyce, Richard Murfield, Monica Jones, Beatrix Potter, The Smiths, The Beatles A Hard Day Night, Bernadine Evaristo. Larkin poems discussed: No Road, Dublinesque, Going Going, Broadcast, Church Going, This Be The Verse, At Grass. Desert Island Discs (BBC) Larkin as guest (17.7.76) https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p009n0l8 The South Bank Show March (1981) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdeEFErYVtk All What Jazz (1970)  https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/feb/10/back-pages-philip-larkin-jazz-george-melly Margaret Atwood on poetry: https://www.theguardian.com/books/ng-interactive/2020/nov/07/caught-in-times-current-margaret-atwood-on-grief-poetry-and-the-past-four-years Nick Cave on cancel culture/censorship: https://www.theredhandfiles.com/do-you-need-to-change-lyrics/ Bibliotherapy https://ofselfandshelf.com/tag/philip-larkin/ https://theblahpolar.wordpress.com/2016/01/25/bibliotherapy/ Letters Home- James Booth (ed.) https://www.faber.co.uk/9780571335596-philip-larkin-letters-home.html Anne O’Neill’s articles on Larkin https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/world-sleep-day-can-t-sleep-at-night-have-a-read-1.3428267 Books themselves serve as the ultimate self-help book for reading is a great cure Presented by Lyn Lockwood.  Theme music: 'The Horns Of The Morning' by The Mechanicals Band.  Buy 'The Righteous Jazz' at their Bandcamp page: https://themechanicalsband.bandcamp.com/album/the-righteous-jazz  Audio production by Simon Galloway. Follow us and get it touch on Twitter - https://twitter.com/tiny_air Find out more about the Philip Larkin Society here - http://philiplarkin.com/
1:15:27
January 22, 2021
Reflection on the Larkin year, 2020
Lyn and Rachael look back on the events of 2020 in the PLS world. This episode also includes contributions from Professor Graham Chesters (PLS Chair), novelist Chris Walsh, PLS trustee Julian Wild, Philip Pullen (Chair of Larkin100), PLS members Sally Button and James Tarry, Leigh Bird and Esther Johnson from Ships In The Sky, Hull. Poems discussed: Self’s the Man, Vers De Societe, Home Is So Sad, The Mower. Topics discussed: PLS online events, Coventry City of Culture, Larkin100, Larkin embroidery, cricket, John Betjeman, Larkin on YouTube, About Larkin, merchandise, the Larkin quiz, lockdown. Presented by Lyn Lockwood. Audio production by Simon Galloway. Follow us and get it touch on Twitter - https://twitter.com/tiny_air Find out more about the Philip Larkin Society here - http://philiplarkin.com/
1:16:02
December 18, 2020
Jonathan Smith (novelist, playwright and teacher)
Novelist, playwright and teacher Jonathan Smith has written two plays about Poet Laureate John Betjeman (1906-1984), Mr Betjeman's Class, and Mr Betjeman Regrets that were first broadcast on BBC Radio 4  in 2017. His wonderful new book Being Betjeman(n) has recently been published by Galileo Publishing (https://galileopublishing.co.uk/being-betjemann). We talk about the life of John Betjeman and his wider cultural significance, Betjeman’s many connections to Philip Larkin, and Jonathan’s own very personal relationship with Betjeman and actor Ben Whitrow, who played Betjeman in Jonathan’s plays. Jonathan also reads Devonshire St, W1. Betjeman poems discussed; The Cottage Hospital, 5 O’Clock Shadow, Death in Leamington, Varsity Student Rag, At Pershore Station, Summoned by Bells. Larkin poems discussed; The Whitsun Weddings, Toads Revisited, Aubade, The Old Fools, Church Going. Other stuff; Evelyn Waugh, Andrew Motion, TS Eliot, Ezra Pound, Barry Humphries, Kenneth Williams and the Carry On team, Grayson Perry, the ‘English Eccentric’. Monitor ‘Down Cemetery Road’ (1964): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Coe11pgoj8E  Kenneth Williams and Maggie Smith read Death in Leamington (Parkinson, BBC1 1970): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dI8SYa8Szo  John Betjeman: The Biography  by Bevis Hillier (John Murray, 2007) Betjeman by AN Wilson (Arrow, 2007) Philip Larkin: A Writer’s Life by Andrew Motion (Faber and Faber, 1993) Presented by Lyn Lockwood. Theme music: 'The Horns Of The Morning' by The Mechanicals Band. Audio production by Simon Galloway. Follow us and get it touch on Twitter - https://twitter.com/tiny_air Find out more about the Philip Larkin Society here - http://philiplarkin.com/
59:34
November 13, 2020
Professor Graham Chesters (the new Chair of the Philip Larkin Society)
Professor Graham Chesters, the new Chair of the Philip Larkin Society, joins us to talk about how came to Hull University, inadvertently following the footsteps of Larkin. Graham also tells us about his relationship with Philip Larkin both as a university colleague and a neighbour in Hull and some of his more disconcerting and memorable encounters with Larkin. Graham talks about his involvement with the Philip Larkin Society and the impact of Covid on the Society. Graham also talks to us about the Larkin poem Absences. A couple of little technology gremlins sneaked in here, so apologies for the occasional dip in sound quality.  Contemporaries of Larkin mentioned: Garnet Rees (Chair of Modern French Literature at Hull), Vernon Watkins (Welsh poet), Brynmor Jones (Vice Chancellor of Hull University), George Orwell, Dylan Thomas, Seamus Heaney, Eddie Dawes (founding Chairman of the PLS), Maeve Brennan (Larkin’s sub-librarian and lover), Monica Jones (Larkin’s partner), Betty Mackereth (Larkin’s secretary), Carole Collinson (PLS Membership Secretary), James Booth, biographer of Larkin, Life, Art and Love (2014).  Other texts: Larkin: A Writer’s Life by Andrew Motion (1993), The Sight of Death by TJ Clarke (2006).  French literature: Les Fleurs du mal by Charles Baudelaire (1857), Rimbaud, Mallarme, Roland Barthes.  Larkin poems discussed: As Bad as A Mile, Absences, I Remember, I Remember.  Presented by Lyn Lockwood. Theme music: 'The Horns Of The Morning' by The Mechanicals Band. Audio production by Simon Galloway.  Follow us and get it touch on Twitter - https://twitter.com/tiny_air Find out more about the Philip Larkin Society here - http://philiplarkin.com/ 
1:14:34
October 16, 2020
David Quantick (writer and broadcaster)
Our guest on this episode is David Quantick - journalist, essayist, writer of television shows Veep and The Thick Of It, horror novel All My Colours (2019, Titan Books), soon-to-be released novel Night Train (2020, Titan Books) and much, much more! A few months ago, David Quantick tweeted about his enjoyment of Trouble At Willow Gables and other Brunette Coleman works by Philip Larkin. In this episode he joins us to talk about Brunette Coleman and in particular her essay What Are We Writing For? (1943), poem Femmes Damnes and the wider ‘schoolgirl’ writing of Philip Larkin. More Larkin stuff discussed: Jill, A Girl in Winter, The Whitsun Weddings, Afternoons, An Arundel Tomb, Mr Bleaney, A School in August, Aubade. Other writers, books and shows: George Orwell Boys Weeklies (1940) (Available here: https://orwell.ru/library/essays/boys/english/e_boys ), Harry Potter, Mallory Towers, the James Bond books of Ian Fleming and Martin Amis, JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, Frank Richards, Downton Abbey, Call the Midwife, Orange is the New Black. Trouble at Willow Gables and Other Fictions ed. By James Booth (2002) Faber and Faber. Presented by Lyn Lockwood. Theme music: 'The Horns Of The Morning' by The Mechanicals Band. Audio production by Simon Galloway. Follow us and get it touch on Twitter - https://twitter.com/tiny_air Find out more about the Philip Larkin Society here - http://philiplarkin.com/
40:55
July 17, 2020
Wes Finch, Sophie Lewis, Esther Johnson & Chris Sewart
This episode has four contributors, all of whom have very different connections to Philip Larkin.  Wes Finch from The Mechanicals Band performs his beautiful new setting of The Trees by Philip Larkin.  Sophie Lewis, Folio Society editor, discusses the remarkable new limited edition of Philip Larkin’s Collected Poems, which is the first to combine both Larkin’s poems and photographs, with the introduction and image selection by Andrew Motion. https://www.foliosociety.com/uk/philip-larkin-collected-poems.html  Esther Johnson, Professor of Film and Media at Sheffield Hallam University, talks to us about the new fundraising Ships In The Sky project and the creation of a wonderful reading of The North Ship by Philip Larkin. https://shipsinthesky.weebly.com/  Chris Sewart has moved from Leicester to Beverley (connections, connections!) and joined the PLS after winning the Larkin Prize of the East Riding Ways With Words Poetry Competition at the end of January with his poem, Fencing Project-1975, which was subsequently published in About Larkin. Here he reads his poetry and reflects on his deepening interest in the world of Larkin.  https://festivalofwords.co.uk/poetry-comp/  Larkin poems discussed: Sunny Prestatyn, The North Ship, This Be The Verse, The Winter Palace, The Mower, Talking In Bed.  Also discussed: Short and Sweet 101 Very Short Poems ed by Simon Armitage (Faber&Faber).  Presented by Lyn Lockwood. Theme music: 'The Horns Of The Morning' by The Mechanicals Band. Audio production by Simon Galloway.  Follow us and get it touch on Twitter - https://twitter.com/tiny_air Find out more about the Philip Larkin Society here - http://philiplarkin.com/ 
1:03:16
June 12, 2020
Rachael Galletly (Merchandise Officer)
Lyn and Rachael have been friends for over twenty years. In this episode, they discuss their shared enthusiasm for all things Larkin.  Larkin poems referred to: Afternoons, Dockery and Son, The Mower, Sunny Prestatyn, The Large Cool Store, A Study of Reading Habits, Toads, Toads Revisited, As Bad as A Mile, Vers De Societe, Home is So Sad, At Grass, The Old Fools, Solar, Church Going, For Sidney Bechet, Reference Back, Wild Oats, Take One Home For the Kiddies.  Prose: Jill and A Girl In Winter by Philip Larkin.  Other Larkinalia:  Trouble at Willow Gables, Selected Letters of Philip Larkin ed. Anthony Thwaite, The Philip Larkin I Knew by Maeve Brennan, Treat It Gentle by Sidney Bechet, The Sunday Sessions.  Other bits and bobs: And When Did You Last See Your Father? by Blake Morrison, Modern Life is Rubbish (LP) by Blur, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, The Waste Land by TS Eliot.  Presented by Lyn Lockwood. Theme music: 'The Horns Of The Morning' by The Mechanicals Band. Audio production by Simon Galloway.  Follow us and get it touch on Twitter - https://twitter.com/tiny_air Find out more about the Philip Larkin Society here - http://philiplarkin.com/
52:08
May 22, 2020
Chris Walsh (novelist)
Chris Walsh is a novelist who now lives in Kent, and who, in common with Larkin, is also a poet and photographer. In this episode, Chris talks about his sense of place, his love of the Goons and how his novel 'The Dig Street Festival' (to be published later in 2020 by Louise Walters), is influenced by Philip Larkin. Chris reads and discussed Larkin's 'Home is So Sad', and we also talk about This Be The Verse, Next Please and more. Follow Chris on Twitter @WalshWrites and visit louisewaltersbooks.co.uk for more information.  Presented by Lyn Lockwood.   Theme music: 'The Horns Of The Morning' by The Mechanicals Band.   Audio production by Simon Galloway.  Follow us and get it touch on Twitter - https://twitter.com/tiny_air Find out more about the Philip Larkin Society here - http://philiplarkin.com/ 
45:42
April 24, 2020
‘Larkin in Lockdown’ with Kyra Piperides Jaques
This ‘Larkin in Lockdown’ episode was recorded specially to look at Larkin in the context of Covid-19 and we would like to send out thoughts out to all our supporters and listeners at this difficult time. Lyn and Kyra look at Larkin’s poems of social isolation as well as his poetry about spring and nature. We read from and discuss a range of Larkin’s poems, including Best Society, Here, High Windows, Going, Going, The Whitsun Weddings, Coming and The Trees. We also surprise ourselves with current mole behaviour, recommend a fellow literary podcast, and Lyn reveals what she is going to do first when social distancing comes to an end.  Presented by Lyn Lockwood.   Theme music: 'The Horns Of The Morning' by The Mechanicals Band.   Audio production by Simon Galloway.  Follow us and get it touch on Twitter - https://twitter.com/tiny_air Find out more about the Philip Larkin Society here - http://philiplarkin.com/ 
34:14
April 9, 2020
Kieron Winn (poet and teacher) (part 2)
In the second part of our conversation with Kieron Winn, we discuss Faith Healing and ‘coinage’ of all different kinds in Larkin, This Be The Verse, Broadcast, Tom Stoppard and Ian McEwan’s comments on Larkin, Herbert Read’s essay ‘What is a Poem?’, the glacial speed of poetry writing, Wordsworth, Hardy, TS Eliot, and the poetry of grief. Kieron also reads two more poems from The Mortal Man; The Duplicator and Cornwall. More information about Kieron can be found at kieronwinn.com. Presented by Lyn Lockwood.   Theme music: 'The Horns Of The Morning' by The Mechanicals Band.   Audio production by Simon Galloway. Follow us and get it touch on Twitter - https://twitter.com/tiny_air Find out more about the Philip Larkin Society here - http://philiplarkin.com/
27:10
March 23, 2020
Kieron Winn (poet and teacher) (part 1)
Kieron Winn is a widely published poet and teacher whose debut collection The Mortal Man (2015) was glowingly reviewed by both Clive James and Melvyn Bragg. In this first of two episodes, Kieron talks to us about Toads, Dockery and Son, Myxamatosis and more, as well as The Flight from Bootle by John Betjeman, Kieron's thoughts on writing poetry and the 'lunar' landscape of Hull, taking in Tennyson, Wordsworth and Ted Hughes along the way. The podcast also features Kieron reading his own poem First Photo. More information about Kieron can be found at kieronwinn.com.  Presented by Lyn Lockwood.   Theme music: 'The Horns Of The Morning' by The Mechanicals Band.   Audio production by Simon Galloway.  Follow us and get it touch on Twitter - https://twitter.com/tiny_air Find out more about the Philip Larkin Society here - http://philiplarkin.com/ 
28:24
March 9, 2020
Philip Pullen (writer and researcher)
In this episode we speak to Philip Larkin Society trustee, Philip Pullen, a writer and researcher who is also the society's Media and Publicity Officer and chair of the Larkin 100 celebrations, being planned by the society for 2022.  He talks to us about the plans for Larkin 100 and his extensive research into Larkin's life, which has uncovered many fascinating stories about the poet and his family.  Presented by Lyn Lockwood.   Theme music: 'The Horns Of The Morning' by The Mechanicals Band.   Audio production by Simon Galloway.  Follow us and get it touch on Twitter - https://twitter.com/tiny_air Find out more about the Philip Larkin Society here - http://philiplarkin.com/ 
37:05
January 27, 2020
James Booth (Larkin expert and biographer) (part 3)
In this third and final part of our in-depth conversation with James Booth, he tells us about his own books on the poet, Larkin's early schoolgirl poems and astonishing use of language. If you haven't heard parts one and two, be sure to give them a listen. James Booth is the Philip Larkin Society's Literary Adviser & Co-Editor of About Larkin, the society's journal. He has published two books on Philip Larkin: Philip Larkin: Writer (Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1991) and Philip Larkin: The Poet’s Plight (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005). He has also edited Larkin’s early girls’-school stories and poems as Trouble at Willow Gables and Other Fictions (Faber, 2002), and a volume of critical essays, New Larkins for Old (Macmillan, 2000), arising from the first Hull International Conference on the Work of Philip Larkin mounted by the Society in 1997. He has recently retired from the Department of English at the University of Hull. His new biography of Larkin: Philip Larkin: Life, Art and Love was published in August 2014. Presented by Lyn Lockwood.   Theme music: 'The Horns Of The Morning' by The Mechanicals Band.   Audio production by Simon Galloway. Follow us and get it touch on Twitter - https://twitter.com/tiny_air Find out more about the Philip Larkin Society here - http://philiplarkin.com/
43:54
January 17, 2020
Wes Finch (songwriter & musician)
Songwriter and musician Wes Finch from The Mechanicals Band joins us to discuss Larkin and to tell us about ‘THE RIGHTEOUS JAZZ’ – a new Larkin-inspired musical and theatre production. This is the podcast for anyone who is interested in Philip Larkin. We will bring you new insights into Larkin's life and writing by talking to people with fascinating stories to tell and unusual connections to the great poet himself. Presented by Lyn Lockwood.   Theme music: 'The Horns Of The Morning' by The Mechanicals Band.   Audio production by Simon Galloway. Follow us and get it touch on Twitter.   Find out more about the Philip Larkin Society here.
21:59
December 24, 2019
James Booth (Larkin expert and biographer) (part 2)
In this second part of our conversation with James Booth, he talks about Larkin's development as a writer, takes a closer look at 'The Old Fools' and reflects on Larkin's long-term partner, Monica Jones. James Booth is the Philip Larkin Society's Literary Adviser & Co-Editor of About Larkin, the society's journal. He has published two books on Philip Larkin: Philip Larkin: Writer (Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1991) and Philip Larkin: The Poet’s Plight (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005). He has also edited Larkin’s early girls’-school stories and poems as Trouble at Willow Gables and Other Fictions (Faber, 2002), and a volume of critical essays, New Larkins for Old (Macmillan, 2000), arising from the first Hull International Conference on the Work of Philip Larkin mounted by the Society in 1997. He has recently retired from the Department of English at the University of Hull. His new biography of Larkin: Philip Larkin: Life, Art and Love was published in August 2014.  Presented by Lyn Lockwood.   Theme music: 'The Horns Of The Morning' by The Mechanicals Band.   Audio production by Simon Galloway.   Follow us and get it touch on Twitter.   Find out more about the Philip Larkin Society here.  
24:38
December 16, 2019
James Booth (Larkin expert and biographer) (part 1)
James Booth is the Philip Larkin Society's Literary Adviser & Co-Editor of About Larkin, the society's journal. He has published two books on Philip Larkin: Philip Larkin: Writer (Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1991) and Philip Larkin: The Poet’s Plight (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005). He has also edited Larkin’s early girls’-school stories and poems as Trouble at Willow Gables and Other Fictions (Faber, 2002), and a volume of critical essays, New Larkins for Old (Macmillan, 2000), arising from the first Hull International Conference on the Work of Philip Larkin mounted by the Society in 1997. He has recently retired from the Department of English at the University of Hull. His new biography of Larkin: Philip Larkin: Life, Art and Love was published in August 2014. In the first part of our conversation with James, he tells us about how he became an expert on Larkin including his time as lecturer of the University of Hull.  Presented by Lyn Lockwood.   Theme music: 'The Horns Of The Morning' by The Mechanicals Band.   Audio production by Simon Galloway. Follow us and get it touch on Twitter.   Find out more about the Philip Larkin Society here.
27:11
December 2, 2019
Edwin Dawes (Chairman of the Philip Larkin Society)
In our first full episode, we talk to Edwin (Eddie) Dawes, chairman of the Philip Larkin Society and former Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Hull. Eddie was Chairman of the Library Committee for a record period of eleven years, during which time he worked closely with Philip Larkin. He is now Professor Emeritus. As a friend and colleague of Philip Larkin, he was honoured to accept the invitation to chair the Larkin Society on its foundation in 1995. Eddie shares his memories of working with Philip Larkin and their friendship, the role of the Society and a guest lecture from Grayson Perry in 2017.  Presented by Lyn Lockwood. Theme music: 'The Horns Of The Morning' by The Mechanicals Band. Audio production by Simon Galloway.  Follow us and get it touch on Twitter. Find out more about the Philip Larkin Society here.
36:21
December 2, 2019
Series preview with Kyra Piperides Jaques
In this introductory episode, we talk to Kyra Piperides Jaques about her involvement in the Philip Larkin Society and look ahead to what you can expect to hear throughout the series. Larkin biographer James Booth (and future guest) on The Building, the poem discussed by Kyra; Yes, the Building has got to be the new HRI on Anlaby Road. The description clinches it surely - a lucent honeycomb (I seem to remember, earlier, it was painted yellow, not blue as now), a clean-sliced cliff, with the slums still (then) huddled around it. This is the hospital Larkin attended in January 1972 with a crick in his neck (opened by the Queen in June 1967.) Our first full episode will be available on 2nd December 2019. Subscribe to this podcast for free via your favourite podcast app. Presented by Lyn Lockwood Theme music: 'The Horns Of The Morning' by The Mechanicals Band Audio production by Simon Galloway Follow us and get it touch on Twitter Find out more about the Philip Larkin Society here.
10:35
November 6, 2019