Tony Harrison at 80: A Celebratory Conference

An academic conference celebrating the work of Tony Harrison, including a staged reading of his play The Labourers of Herakles.

Date: 11-11-2017
Time: 11:00 - 19:00

The University of Leeds are proud to be hosting an academic conference celebrating and exploring the work of Tony Harrison, one of the most important poets writing in the UK today, in celebration of his eightieth birthday.

The conference will be held in the Alumni Room in the School of English. The day also includes a staged reading of Tony Harrison's play The Labourers of Herakles to be performed in the Workshop Theatre.

Attendance at the conference is free of charge. To register your attendance, please visit the 'Tony Harrison at 80: A Celebratory Conference' Eventbrite page.

This event has been organised by Dr Owen Hodkinson from Classics at Leeds, and Special Collections in the Brotherton Library.

For more updates, please follow the @Tony_Harrison80 Twitter feed, which will be promoting events in Leeds, Yorkshire, and elsewhere to celebrate poet-playwright Tony Harrison's 80th year.

List of Speakers:

11.00 Welcome

11.10 Dr Vanda Zajko (Bristol): Harrison and Myth

11.40 mini-break

11.45 Prof. Sue Vice (Sheffield): Harrison and Northern Poetics

12.15 Lunch break

1.15 Keynote: Prof. Edith Hall (KCL): What I learned from editing Harrison’s prose works

2.15 Dr Owen Hodkinson (Leeds): Using the Tony Harrison Archive in Undergraduate Teaching

2.45 Dr Sandie Byrne (Oxford): Harrison as Metaphysical Materialist

3.15 Coffee break

3.45 Prof. Lorna Hardwick (Open): Why Harrison’s Work Matters

4.15 Round-table discussion chaired by Prof. Charles Martindale (emeritus Bristol / Leeds)

5.15 Mini-break / movement between venues

5.30 Staged reading of Harrison’s The Labourers of Herakles, with a pre-performance talk by Dr Craig Hannaway. Workshop Theatre.

7pm End

Location: Alumni Room, School of English, University of Leeds
Cost: Free to attend