2 Dec 2016

Larkin Lives On

University of Hull pays tribute to one of the city’s most famous cultural exports with a mass selfie in Hull’s train station.

Dozens of staff and students from the University of Hull took part in the flashmob-style event – complete with iconic Larkin-style spectacle frames for each participant – at the Larkin statue within the station.

They had gathered to mark the day the influential poet will be commemorated with a memorial stone ledger in Poets’ Corner, Westminster Abbey – known throughout the world as the resting place of men and women who have dominated the arts.

As well as a world-class poet and the university’s longest-serving Librarian, Larkin was also a keen photographer and noted as being an early fan of the “selfie” around 50 years ago, long before it became the social phenomenon it is today. Today’s mass photograph was held in recognition that Larkin’s creative legacy as well as his poetry continues to resonate and be relevant today.

The selfies are being shared on social media using #LarkinLivesOn. The University is encouraging people to join in by taking their own Larkin-inspired selfie and/or adding a frame to social media pictures. Further information can be found on the University of Hull’s Facebook and Twitter (@UniOfHull) pages.

Professor Glenn Burgess, acting vice-chancellor at the University of Hull, said: “A creative giant, Philip Larkin found a perfect home here at the University of Hull, where he served as Librarian for 30 years. To be given a stone alongside other men and women who have dominated the arts is a fitting tribute for Larkin who remains one of the 20th-century’s most influential poets. This is a proud day for our university and the city in advance of Hull’s year as the UK’s City of Culture.”

Larkin continues to be one of the 20th-century’s most popular poets with his works continuing to resonate across generations.

Larkin will be celebrated as part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 with an exhibition at the University of Hull’s Brynmor Jones Library. More details about the plans will be revealed next year. The university is a principal partner of Hull 2017 and is playing an active role in producing and hosting some of the year’s spectacular cultural events.

Header image: University of Hull

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