CULTURE

Tony Harrison

Throughout his career as a film and theater poet, Tony Harrison has won acclaim for his powerful, often confrontational verse, and has sparked controversy by his uncompromisingly oppositional stance to the forces of conservatism and his pungent use of the vernacular in the service of poetry. Born in Leeds in 1937, Harrison studied classics and worked as a dramatist at the National Theater. He has written collections of poetry, including «The Loiners» and «The Gaze of the Gorgon,» a number of plays, of which «The Trackers of Oxyrhyncus» and «The Labors of Herakles» were performed in Delphi, and several verse narrative films. «Prometheus» is his first feature film. Harrison went to Bosnia as a war correspondent for the Guardian during the 1992-94 conflict, on condition that his poems be printed on the editorial page. He has won numerous awards, most recently the Northern Rock Foundation Writer’s Award, the richest literary prize in Britain.