T. Harri Jones

Thomas Henry “Harri” Jones (1921 – January 29 1965) was a Welsh poet and university lecturer. He was born in Llanafan-Fawr, Brecknockshire (Powys). He served in the Royal Navy, 1941–46. He attended University of Wales, Aberystwyth, graduating in English in 1947 and gaining an MA in 1949. He taught in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England 1951–59. In 1959 he accepted an appointment as a lecturer (senior lecturer from 1962) in English at University of Newcastle in Newcastle, New South Wales, and so emigrated to Australia. He drowned accidentally at Newcastle in January 1965. He was survived by his wife, Madeline Scott, and three daughters.

Jones wrote poetry in English rather than Welsh. Although his father spoke Welsh, Harri and his siblings adopted their mother’s language, English. He published three volumes of poetry: The Enemy in the Heart (1957), Songs of a Mad Prince (1960) and The Beast at the Door (1963). The Colour of Cockcrowing (1966) and The Collected Poems of T. Harri Jones (1977) were published posthumously.

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