An Unobtrusive Vice by Tony Ullyatt




“Tony Ullyatt’s collection evidences a strong poetic art displaying a variety of techniques. The collection contains engaging ekphrastic verse and investigates the impact of a personal history in gripping family portraits. There is discourse with other poets and cynical, distanced love poems; all neatly wrapped up in a masterful play with words.” – Joan Hambidge

“Tony Ullyatt is that rare thing: a poet’s poet, but at the same time utterly accessible. His poems are deliciously dense, his images rich and sharp and his tone ironical, lightly seasoned with humour. Poetry itself is his unobtrusive vice.” – Johann de Lange


Author Biography

Tony Ullyatt is an award-­‐winning author, scriptwriter, playwright, literary critic, poet and translator. He was born in Nottingham and educated in the United Kingdom, India, Kenya and South Africa. From 1983 to 2003, he was professor of English at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa. He is currently adjunct professor and part-­‐time lecturer in the English department of the University of Fort Hare in East London, South Africa. Since 1974, when his first poems appeared, his work has been published locally and internationally. He is the author of A Profusion of Choices: An Introduction to the Study of Poems (J.L. Van Schaik, 1994). An Unobtrusive Vice is his debut poetry collection.

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Tony Ullyatt



Date Published

January 2018


Dryad Press (PTY) LTD




89 Pages


Poetry Collection