14 episodes

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.

Tiny In All That Air The Philip Larkin Society

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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.

    David Quantick (writer and broadcaster)

    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 min
    Wes Finch, Sophie Lewis, Esther Johnson & Chris Sewart

    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 hr 3 min
    Rachael Galletly (Merchandise Officer)

    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 min
    Chris Walsh (novelist)

    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 min
    ‘Larkin in Lockdown’ with Kyra Piperides Jaques

    ‘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 min
    Kieron Winn (poet and teacher) (part 2)

    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 min

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