Martin Harrison Biography

martinharrisonMartin Harrison (1949-2014) was born in the UK and educated at Cambridge University. He settled in Australia in the 1970s, where he authored numerous books of critically celebrated and award-winning poetry, including among others Summer, Music, Wild Bees, Living Things and Happiness. He was also a noted essayist and critic, publishing such nonfiction books as Who Wants to Create Australia? and Our ABC: A Dying Culture. At the time of his death, Harrison was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Technology, Sydney, where he worked and taught for more than twenty years. Here, under the influence of a wide variety of philosophical traditions and numerous theoretical approaches to language and cognition, Harrison made major contributions to poetics and ecopoetics, most notably in his late, as yet unpublished work, On Composition.