To mark the 50th Anniversary of the publication of The Whitsun Weddings there will be the unveiling of a slate ellipse mounted on a wall next to the First Class Lounge on King’s Cross Station at 12.30pm on Saturday 7th June 2014. The ellipse, carved by the sculptor Martin Jennings, will display the final lines of the title poem in Larkin’s best known volume of poetry and complete the sequence of installations which began in 2010 with Martin’s famous statue of Larkin and the associated poetry roundels (2011) and the Larkin bench seat (2012) on Hull Paragon Interchange. These all link neatly with the statue and roundels of Larkin’s friend and fellow poet, John Betjeman, also by Martin Jennings, sited on the next door station, St. Pancras.

The unveiling will be carried out by Baroness Virginia Bottomley, High Sheriff of Hull with other dignitaries present, and will be followed by lunch and the Society’s AGM in the newly refurbished gastro-pub, The Parcel Yard, located on King’s Cross itself. Lunch will be complimentary to those on the attenders’ list. To add your name to this list please fill in and return the slip on this King’s Cross Roundel Leaflet.

The most appropriate train to catch for those travelling from Hull is Hull Trains 8.25am from Hull Interchange. Tickets may be purchased as normal from Hull Trains. Those travelling from other areas must make their own enquiries.

We do hope that this unique event will be as well attended as the other unveiling celebrations. The Philip Larkin Society would be delighted to see you there and as always value, and are very grateful for, the wonderful support we have received in the past.

14/15 June 2014: (Final date and time to be announced)

Presentation of the 4th ‘Larkin & East Riding Poetry Prize’ (Value £1000)

With a special Philip Larkin Society Stall and Bookstall

Venue: The Bridlington Poetry Festival, Sewerby Hall, Sewerby, Bridlington.

Cost: Free

2 thoughts on “Events

  1. Glad to support “Another Roundel.” I like to think my own was prescient.

  2. Really looking forward to this- I love the statue of Betjeman at King’s Cross. I think Larkin would have been very touched and would have had a large gin and tonic to celebrate, I’m sure.

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