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Michael Harrison was born and educated in Oxford and later went to Durham University, where he gained a BA in Philosophy. He then taught at a farm school in North Queensland, Australia as a member of the Bush Brotherhood. He milked the herd of cows daily and travelled the bush taking services and funerals.  Michael returned to Oxford to get a teaching qualification (A.C.E.) at the University, and has since taught in Hartlepool, London, and now in Oxford.

He has written for his own pleasure for as long as he can remember but now finds, to his surprise, that people will pay him for it.

In his own words:


"Editing anthologies is hard work because you have to find what you know you want. It may take hours in the Bodleian looking for the one poem you need for a particular page. Poetry should be like a wholemeal bread and honey: immediate pleasure but with some roughage working its way through the system."

Michael has worked extensively with Christopher Stuart-Clark and their anthologies, including The Oxford Treasury of Time Poems and The Oxford Book of Christmas Poems, are regarded as some of the nation’s best. 

Michael is married with two sons and lives in Oxford.


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The Oxford Treasury of Classic Poems
The Oxford Treasury of Classic Poems
Michael Harrison, Christopher Stuart-clark
Age 5+. There are a host of familiar and well-loved poems in this beautifully presented anthology. Dipping in and drawing out classic favourites such as W.H Auden’s 'The Night Mail' with its rolling rhythm that matches the sound of the...
Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2011
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The Oxford Book of Christmas Poems
The Oxford Book of Christmas Poems
Michael Harrison, Christopher Stuart-clark
A treasure trove of delights old and new, this celebratory anthology captures all the different kinds of magic associated with Christmas. Poems about the Christmas crib sit alongside those on themes of Christmas Shopping, hanging up stockings and, of course,...
Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/09/2009
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Oxford Book Of Children's Poetry
Oxford Book Of Children's Poetry
Michael Harrison, Christopher Stuart-clark
Age 7+. A wonderful treasury of more than 250 poems, old and new from old favourites by Rudyard Kipling and Hilaire Belloc to new poems by some of the best contemporary poets for children such as Michael Rosen and Carol...
Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers | Poetry
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/09/2007
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