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Big Bookend Festival 2013

Published Monday 3 June 2013

Leeds Big Bookend event June 2013

Alumnus Tony Harrison headlines at festival

Tony Harrison is headlining the Leeds Big Bookend Festival. This festival brings books and words together, for people of all ages at a variety of venues.

The writer of the epic poem V is returning to the city that inspired his magnum opus, 25 years after V was famously broadcast on TV. On Sunday 9 June, Harrison reads his poems at West Yorkshire Playhouse as part of a week-long festival programme. 

Special Collections holds the literary archive of Tony Harrison, considered by many to be the nation's greatest living poet. It features hundreds of the extraordinary manuscript poetry notebooks he has used when working on all his writing from the 1950s to the present. This forms part of Leeds Lives - a celebration of writers, artists and public figures with strong connections to Yorkshire and the University. We are proud to give such archive material a home in our Special Collections.

You can get further details from The Big Bookend Festival website or our Special Collection's contact.