Poetry in Leeds: Harrison, Stand & Strix

There’s lots of great poetry coming out of Leeds this week! My special issue of Stand (Tony Harrison Birthday Issue) arrived in the post today and it looks great! It includes articles by Simon Armitage, Jeffrey Wainwright, John Whale and Cécile Marshall, who has translated many of Harrison’s works into French. It also includes my article, “Tony Harrison’s Unblinking Eye.”


On Friday 10 November, Harrison himself is giving a reading at the University of Leeds as part of a series of events that we have been planning to celebrate his 80th birthday. It is a ticketed event and there are just a few tickets left, so get one now if you want to go!

The celebration will begin at 4:30pm with a rare screening of The Gaze of the Gorgon, one of Harrison’s celebrated film poems. The film will be introduced by its director, Peter Symes.The evening will continue with a reading from Tony at 6.30pm who will be signing books afterwards.Location: Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall, University of Leeds
Cost: £6 waged £4 student/unwaged

My copy of the new poetry magazine Strixalso arrived this week. Like the first issue, Strix #2 is again packed with high quality poetry and prose, and I am delighted to have one of my poems included (“What Colour is the Wind?”). Last month Carol Rumens described the magazine, edited by Ian Harker and Andrew Lambeth as “Handsome, streamlined and sharp-eyed…” in The Guardian. It’s certainly one to watch over the coming months.


In addition to all this, there is the usual brilliant array of poetry and spoken word nights around the city so head out for some words!



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