Leeds University Library

Lunchtime talks November 2014

Published Monday 13 October 2014

Notes for "Gaze of the Gorgon" a film-poem created by Tony Harrison in 1992.

Tony Harrison: war correspondent

To Beeston-born Tony Harrison, poetry is something that belongs alongside the news on the front page of a newspaper, not tucked away in the literary section.

Harrison has made it his business to write "journalistic" verse from the front line, even going as far as to travel to war-zones and report back (in verse) as a poetic war-correspondent for The Guardian.

Using notebooks from Harrison's archive at Leeds University Library's Special Collections, and drawing upon published poems, this talk will consider Harrison's role as a self-appointed war poet, and how poetry can function as both literature and "news" in response to conflict.

The Leeds Town Hall lunchtime talks, focus on items held in Special Collections. Events are free, but please book to reserve your place.

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