Event 13

Tony Curtis: A Lifetime of Looking

Saturday 15 February 2020

Temple of Peace


The prize-winning poet presents a Powerpoint illustrated reading of poems inspired by art and photography. Since his undergraduate days in the mid-6os to the present Tony Curtis has written poems inspired by images – from Picasso to Otto Dix, from the Americans Winslow Homer to Andrew Wyeth, as well as the outstanding artists from Wales – Sally Moore, Peter Prendergast, Ernest Zobole  and Ceri Richards. 

Known as an art collector and commentator from his books – Welsh Painters Talking and Welsh Artists Talking – as well as essays and articles,  Tony Curtis confirms that commitment with a lyricism that encompasses close collaborations with Brendan Stuart Burns and Hanlyn Davies as well as responses to recent exhibitions – the 2019 Venice Biennale, the David Nash Retrospective at the National Museum of Wales and Diane Arbus at the Haywood Gallery. 

“These poems compellingly draw the reader close to the poet’s own illuminated responses.”

Dannie Abse

£5, or £3 with concessions

Authors and Artists

Tony Curtis

Poet, critic, essayist, expert on Welsh Art, Tony Curtis was born in Carmarthen in West Wales in 1946. He studied at Swansea University and Goddard College, Vermont.

He is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including his latest: From the Fortunate Isles: New and Selected Poems (Seren). He has also written volumes of critical work on poets and artists and edited popular anthologies of poetry.

He is Emeritus Professor of Poetry at the University of South Wales, where he established and was Director of the MPhil in Writing for many years. He has been elected to the Royal Society of Literature and has toured widely reading his poetry to international audiences.