Westminster honour for poet Larkin

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Published: Wednesday 17th June 2015 by The News Editor

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A poet and novelist who famously adopted Hull as his home city is set to be immortalised at Westminster Abbey – near the tombs of Charles Dickens, Geoffrey Chaucer and other literary greats.

A memorial ledger stone honouring Philip Larkin, who died in Hull in 1985, is set to be installed in Poets’ Corner. A dedication is planned for December 2 next year to mark the 31st anniversary of his death.

The Very Reverend Dr John Hall, the Dean of Westminster, says he is convinced that Larkin’s works will continue to be enjoyed for as long as the English language is spoken.

And he says it is fitting that his memorial plaque will be installed near the tombs of such literary heavyweights as Chaucer and Dickens.

The Philip Larkin Society’s chairman, Professor Edwin Dawes, says the organisation will be delighted to see the poet taking his place among the country’s literary elite.

Though he was born in Coventry and later studied at Oxford, Larkin adopted Hull as his home city after becoming a librarian at the University of Hull in the mid-1950s.

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Published: Wednesday 17th June 2015 by The News Editor

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