March - April 2020
We hope that this newsletter finds you safe and well, in these strange and unprecedented times.

Rather than your regular newsletter, we’ve put together a pandemic special, full of content that we hope will keep you amused while you wait it all out from the safe confines of your armchair. Rest assured that the 'featured product' and 'on this day' content will return when the world becomes a little more normal.

Remember that if this just isn't enough, and you want even more online, Larkin-related fun, you can follow us on Twitter @PLSoc - we look forward to meeting you there!

Take care of yourselves, and we hope to see you all happy and healthy once the worst of this has passed!
Lockdown Larkin
What better than a whole lot of Larkin to get you through the lockdown?

This page on the Philip Larkin Society webpage is packed with Larkin galore: we’ve packed in a vast catalogue of podcasts, radio programmes, short films, poetry readings, lectures and more to keep you entertained.

Pop the kettle on, move your chair into the sunlight as it beams down from your high windows, and have a browse: there’s sure to be something for everyone!
Click here for Larkin content galore!

Top picks for listening

PLSoc podcast Tiny in All That Air has already featured poets, songwriters, biographers and academics, in fun and fascinating conversations about Larkin, with lots more to come!
Click here to catch up on the podcast
Wes Finch of The Mechanicals Band is doing a weekly gig from home during the lockdown and would love your support! Catch up on previous videos for brilliant Larkin-inspired songs!
Click here for Wes's weekly livestream
What better than reading Larkin's poems during the lockdown? Letting him read them to you, of course! This SoundCloud link allows you to do just that, with recordings of The Less Deceived.
Click here to listen to Larkin read his poems

Top picks for reading

Well, first read some Larkin, obviously. We can't recommend anything more highly than getting cosy and letting poetry and your imagination whisk you away...
But if you're looking for something a bit different, here's a three times that Larkin has popped up in our Twitter feed recently:

Finding it difficult to sleep at the moment? Dr Oliver Tearle has compiled ten of the best poems about sleep, including Larkin's 'How To Sleep' (as well as a glorious picture of a snoozing cat) on the 'Interesting Literature' blog. Click here to read more - but not while operating heavy machinery, please.

In his Yorkshire Post column at the beginning of March, poet Ian McMillan included Larkin within a list of poets that inspired him. Click here to read more. Larkin is only mentioned once, but we'll forgive McMillan, as there is a fantastic photo halfway down the page, and he recently wrote a Covid-19 pastiche of 'This Be The Verse' on Twitter, too.

On 22nd March, Jazz Journal republished a scathing review of All What Jazz to mark a quarter of a century since it was originally published. Click here to read more and decide whether or not you disagree with Ron Brown, as he disagrees with Larkin about more or less everything.
Top picks for watching
Spring seems to have sprung very recently: so what better time to re-watch this beautiful BBC Culture animation of 'The Trees'? 
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The Society is a charity run entirely by volunteers. It aims to promote awareness of Larkin’s life and work, to bring together all those who admire Larkin’s work and to bring about publications on all things Larkinesque.

But we cannot achieve this mission without the continued and generous support of our members. Your subscriptions, supplemented by Gift Aid where possible, keep the Society going.

So, if you share our aims and enthusiasm for Larkin and his work, please join us and encourage others to do the same. You’ll benefit from two issues of the Society’s journal About Larkin delivered to your door each year, plus a strong sense of being involved in a worthwhile cause.

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