At the invitation of the Philip Larkin Society, Poet Laureate Simon Armitage will give a poetry reading to mark the centenary of Larkin’s birth on the exact anniversary and in the University where the poet spent most of his working life as Librarian.
Simon was born and grew up in West Yorkshire. He is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry and the PEN Prize for Translation. He is Professor of Poetry at the University of Leeds. His critical book A Vertical Art brings together the vibrant and engaging lectures from his tenure as Oxford Professor of Poetry (2015-2019).
The versatile venue is used for classical music concerts, and with adaptable acoustics, it is also used as a surround-sound cinema and theatre space.