'We used to correspond': the letters of Barbara Pym and Philip Larkin

10 December 2016 6.00pm 8.00pm


Blackwell Hall, Weston Library (Map)


Oliver Ford Davies and Triona Adams, with introduction by Anthony Thwaite, OBE


Friends' Administrator: 01865 277234 fob@bodleian.ox.ac.uk


Reading of the letters of Philip Larkin and Barbara Pym by Oliver Ford Davies and Triona Adams, with introduction by Anthony Thwaite, OBE

When Philip Larkin first wrote to Barbara Pym in 1961 it was the minor poet approaching the celebrated novelist. While their literary fortunes were to change dramatically the correspondence and the friendship remained steady over nearly 20 years. Highly entertaining, fascinating and often deeply moving, the Pym-Larkin letters tell the story of an extraordinary relationship between two very different characters united in their passion for the written word and of fall and rise of a literary career.

The letters to be read were originally selected by Anthony Thwaite (Larkin's biographer, editor and literary executor) and his wife Ann (poet and biographer.) Subsequently, Triona Adams edited and revised the script and has performed it at the Times Oxford Literary Festival and for The Barbara Pym Society (at St Hilda's College, Oxford and at Harvard University).

Image of Pym and Larkin: © the Estate of Barbara Pym

Image of Oliver Ford Davies Image of Triona Adams


Tickets cost £20, including refreshments

To book tickets please contact the Friends' Administrator on 01865 277234 or at fob@bodleian.ox.ac.uk. Priority booking for members until 30 October.

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