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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‘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