New Philip Larkin statue unveiled today in Hull / Larkin25

In a snowy Hull this morning, celebrated sculptor Martin Jennings’ new statue of poet Philip Larkin was unveiled to awaiting crowds, as the culmination of Larkin25 – a year long campaign to celebrate the life and work of Larkin, 25 years after his death.

‘This is a fantastic moment for Hull and for Larkin’, says Emily Penn, director of Larkin25, as the Mayor of Hull unveiled the 7ft bronze statue at its new home, Hull Paragon Interchange. 
A resident of Hull for most of his life, ‘Britain’s favourite poet’ Philip Larkin will now have a permanent presence at the heart of the city he called ‘home’.

Watch the exclusive video interview with sculptor Martin Jennings below, to hear about his design and inspiration for this popular new work of public art.

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Photo by Dennis Low / Larkin25