Faber Members presents The Inky Digit of Defiance: An evening with Tony Harrison

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Please note that this a Faber Members event and not a book product.

Tickets are paperless and your name (plus the number of tickets purchased) will be on a guest list held on the door.

An unmissable evening with the great poet of page, stage and screen Tony Harrison, as he reflects on a lifetime’s thinking about art, politics, creativity and mortality in this event to celebrate his new volume of selected prose, The Inky Digit of Defiance.

At this special event at Bloomsbury House, Tony will be in conversation with the book's editor, Edith Hall.

'More than Yeats, Eliot or Auden, more than anyone writing in English this century, and perhaps the two before that as well, Harrison has demonstrated that verse drama remains a living artistic possibility.' Observer


Time: 7pm

Date: Wednesday, 24th May 2017 

Venue: Faber & Faber, Bloomsbury House, 74-77 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DA

Tickets: £12.50 (£10 Faber Members) 


Tony Harrison was born in Leeds in 1937. His volumes of poetry include The Loiners (winner of the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize), Continuous, v. (broadcast on Channel 4 in 1987, winning the Royal Television Society Award), The Gaze of the Gorgon (winner of the Whitbread Prize for Poetry) and Laureate's Block.

Recognised as Britain's leading theatre and film poet, Tony Harrison has written extensively for the National Theatre, the New York Metropolitan Opera, the BBC, Channel 4, the RSC, and for unique ancient spaces in Greece, Austria and Japan.

His film Black Daisies for the Bride won the Prix Italia in 1994; this and his volume of film/poems The Shadow of Hiroshima and Other Film/Poems and his feature film Prometheus are published by Faber & Faber. His most recent film/poem was Crossings (LWT), 2002. In 2007 his Collected Film Poetry was published by Faber and his Collected Poems by Penguin. His play, Fram, premiered at the National Theatre in 2008.

Tony Harrison was awarded the PEN/Pinter Prize 2009, the European Prize for Literature 2010, the David Cohen Prize for Literature 2015, and the Premio Feronia 2016 in Rome, in special recognition of a foreign author.