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Alan Bennett on his love of Philip Larkin

Acclaimed playwright Alan Bennett has described his admiration of the poet Philip Larkin.

Speaking on the Today programme, on National Poetry Day, he explained:

"Until I'd read Larkin I'd never imagined such experiences, or non-experiences, could be the stuff of poetry."

"Still less the credentials for writing," he added.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Thursday 2 October.