Two ends of the literary spectrum

Writer and poet Tony Harrison.

Writer and poet Tony Harrison.

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The headliners at the third Lyric festival of poetry and music next week represent two ends of the literary spectrum, according to organiser Simon Armitage, Professor of Poetry at the University of Sheffield.

On the one hand there is the venerable Tony Harrison known for epic theatrical pieces and on the other is Kate Tempest, emerging star of the spoken word and open mic scene.

Over four decades, Leeds-born Harrison has enjoyed a reputation as one Britain’s most significant, original and controversial poets


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