Monday, February 25, 2008

Larkin recordings

This is exam week, as all forms sit their Easter exams, including mocks, ending on Friday with a weekend Exodus.

Yesterday the Sunday Times reported on the collection of recordings by the poet Philip Larkin (currently on the Leaving Cert course) which has been found in Hornsea, near Hull. The BBC programme The Archive Hour will be broadcasting these in its programme on Saturday (Radio 4, 8pm) :

Paul Farley tells the extraordinary story of two tapes by poet Philip Larkin, recorded by BBC sound engineer John Weeks, which remained hidden on a cluttered shelf in a garage for 25 years. Hailed as one of the most significant literary finds in recent years, the tapes include readings of 26 of Larkin's chosen poems. Contributors include Larkin's biographer Andrew Motion, writer John Banville, friend Jean Hartley and actress Jill Balcon.

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