Harrison and Simmons in Nigeria

More fascinating material continues to be accessioned into the Tony Harrison Archive in Special Collections at the Brotherton Library in Leeds. Most recently, Special Collections received manuscripts and correspondence relating to Aikin Mata: Tony Harrison’s translation of the Lysistrata with James Simmons in Zaria, Northern Nigeria.

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There is also a striking collection of letters between Tony Harrison and James Simmons which provide an insight into the complexity of the literary networks and relationships between Leeds and Nigeria in the 1960s. The letters cover a wide range of subjects, from the violence at Ahmadu Bello University (Zaria) and Wole Soyinka’s incarceration to detailed discussion of poetic form and publication. The material will soon be available on the Special Collections catalogue.

This post was first published on Northern England to the World, University of Leeds

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