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LARKINWORLD @ NATIONAL POETRY LIBRARY

I don't often visit South Bank, not since the Hayward Gallery closed for refurbishment. But this weekend I decided to take a look around, and on the 5th floor of the Royal Festival Hall, away from the noise of bands rehearsing and children playing, I found that the National Poetry Library is hosting a small (tiny) exhibition called Larkinworld. In it, artist DJ Roberts explores the work of Phillip Larkin, using neon lights, drawings, and collections of pop-culture ephemera to find snippets of joy in typically melancholy poems.

I'm always intrigued by this kind of 'creative response' artwork, which transforms (and in some cases, translates) one art form into another. I like to think of it as a kind of collaboration, across time, place, and medium; artists and writers working together to build a network of creativity around a shared theme or idea. Isn't that better than each of us working in isolation? Exhibition details can be found here, and you might enjoy browsing DJ Roberts' work on his website.

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