Harry Owen

Originally from Liverpool, Harry Owen moved to South Africa in 2008 from the UK, where he had been appointed the inaugural Poet Laureate for Cheshire in 2003.

Outspoken in his commitment to the natural world and a passionate advocate of poetry, he is the author of eight collections, the three most recent being Small stones for Bromley (Lapwing Publications, Belfast, 2014), The cull: New and resurrected poems (The Poets Printery, East London, 2017) and All weathers (theInkSword, Grahamstown, 2019).

He has edited three anthologies: I write who I am: An anthology of upstart poetry (2011), featuring the work of 19 young poets from local township schools; For rhino in a shrinking world: An international anthology (2013), supporting efforts to save the gravely threatened rhino from extinction; and Coming home: Poems of the Grahamstown diaspora (2019).

Harry hosts the popular monthly open floor event called Reddits Poetry in Grahamstown, where he lives.


LAW FOR ALL’s Top 10: "Say something" by Harry Owen

Harry Owen New writing 2020-07-30

"about Syria
Libya, Afghanistan
say something about Nairobi"