The Importance Of Elsewhere

When Philip Larkin arrived in Belfast in the autumn of 1950 to join the staff at Queen's University Library, he began a five-year period of unprecedented creativity, which saw a promising writer blossom into one of the pre-eminent poets of his generation.

Simon Callow, himself a former student at Queen's University, visits Larkin's Belfast and finds the people and places behind the poems of The Less Deceived, published to great acclaim 50 years ago.

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When Philip Larkin arrived in Belfast in the autumn of 1950 to join the staff at Queen's University Library, he began a five-year period of unprecedented creativity, which saw a promising writer blossom into one of the pre-eminent poets of his generation.

Simon Callow, himself a former student at Queen's University, visits Larkin's Belfast and finds the people and places behind the poems of The Less Deceived, published to great acclaim 50 years ago.