"'To return a novel. To a librarian who works there. A very famous poet. At the university. "
Brynmor Jones Library where Philip Larkin was librarian for thirty
Public Domain The Brynmor Jones Library where Philip Larkin was librarian for thirty years

A reference to Philip Larkin (1922-1985), who managed the University of Hull's library for thirty years. A detailed account of Larkin's influence on the library's development and reputation is provided in Andrew Motion's excellent Philip Larkin: A Writer's Life. Andrew Motion, former poet laureate (a position the lugubrious Larkin characteristically turned down) met Larkin when he too worked for the university. As Motion confirms in his biography, Hull was a suitably bleak setting for a notoriously glum poet.