T. Harri Jones

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Thomas Henry "Harri" Jones (1921 – 29 January 1965) was a Welsh poet and university lecturer in Britain and Australia. Born in Wales, he wrote in English.


Jones was born at Cwm Crogau, near Llanafan Fawr in Brecknockshire (Powys), Wales.[1] Jones was the son of a road worker and a servant girl. His grandfather, a shepherd, predicted at his birth, that Jones would become a poet.[2]

Jones studied English at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. But his studies were interrupted in 1941 when, during World War II, he volunteered for the Royal Navy. Jones served until 1946. He graduated in 1947 and gained a Master of Arts degree in 1949.[2]

From 1951 to 1959 he taught in Portsmouth, Hampshire and during this period wrote The Enemy in the Heart (1957).

In 1959 Jones 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. In Australia were published his Songs of a Mad Prince (1960) and The Beast at the Door (1963).

He drowned accidentally at Newcastle in January 1965. He was survived by his wife, Madeline Scott, and three daughters. His book The Colour of Cockcrowing was published posthumously in 1966. The Collected Poems of T. Harri Jones appeared in 1977.

Jones wrote poetry in English rather than Welsh. Although his father spoke Welsh and English, his mother spoke only English, and that was the language which Harri and his siblings adopted.


In Jones' own lifetime:

  • The Enemy in the Heart (1957), London: Rupert Hart-Davis
  • Songs of a Mad Prince (1960), London: Rupert Hart-Davis
  • The Beast at the Door (1963), London: Rupert Hart-Davis

Published posthumously:

  • The Colour of Cockcrowing (1966), London: Rupert Hart-Davis
  • The Enemy in the Heart (with Songs of a Mad Prince; The Beast at the Door and The Colour of Cockcrowing (1966), London: Faber and Faber
  • The Collected Poems of T. Harri Jones (1977), Gomer Press, ISBN 978-0850884128


  1. ^ "Cwm Crogau (C) Keith Rose :: Geograph Britain and Ireland". Geograph.org.uk. Retrieved 2015-04-18. 
  2. ^ a b "T. Harri Jones". Literaturewales.org. Retrieved 3 May 2015. 

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