Please enjoy audio and film recordings of prior events, and our writers’ pages. We will kickstart a new programme in February, as we look to shuck off the winter and the first daffodils pierce the ground. Please check back for updates then. The season includes the launch of a new book from Hull writers … about Hull. Also a short series, First Chance to Hear, in which writers bring sizzlingly fresh work to a public audience for the first time. And look out for our great Children’s Writing series, with a star writer coming in the summer.
The Philip Larkin Centre attracts some of the very best writers to platform appearances in Hull – to excite readers, and make sure some of the very best writing keeps coming out of Hull. The Centre takes its name from Philip Larkin, one of the twentieth century’s foremost poets who anchored his life to the University of Hull. That Hull poetic tradition stretches back to Andrew Marvell, and forward through some of the top poets of our day. Poets explore the personal to find what is universal. From William Wilberforce onwards, Hull also has a pioneering history of driving the social agenda for change. We call on writers to help us envision and shape a fairer world which recognizes the transforming power of individual and collective stories.