Tony Harrison

Poet and playwright

Poems include ‘V’ and verse plays include adaptations of the English medieval Mystery Plays, the Oresteia and Trackers of Oxrhynchus.


The ‘scholar’ me, you, worn out on poor pay
only our silence made us a pair.
From ‘Book Ends’ in From ‘The School of Eloquence’ and Other Poems (London: Rex Collings, 1978)


So right, yer buggers, then! We’ll occupy
your lousy leasehold Poetry.
From ‘Them & [uz]’ in Selected Poems (London: Penguin, 1987)



Tony Harrison
by Madeleine Waller
archival digital print, 30 November 2005
NPG x88096
© Mark Gerson / National Portrait Gallery, London