The Royal Literary Fund and the Perils of Authorship Symposium

The British Library Conference Centre Friday 9th May, 10:30am-5:45pm (followed by a wine reception and an evening event) The dissenting minister, philosopher and educationalist David Williams founded the Royal Literary Fund in 1790 in order ‘to withdraw those apprehensions of extreme poverty, and those desponding views of futurity, which lead Genius and Talent from the… Continue reading The Royal Literary Fund and the Perils of Authorship Symposium

Hanif Kureishi on depositing his archive at the British Library

By Rachel Foss, Lead Curator of Modern Literary Manuscripts at the British Library On Wednesday we announced the acquisition of Hanif Kureishi’s Archive at the British Library’s Cultural Highlights preview for 2014. Hanif kindly agreed to join us for the press launch. An early start meant an improvised breakfast in the staff canteen, but over… Continue reading Hanif Kureishi on depositing his archive at the British Library

Programme announced for Cataloguing Creativity at the British Library, 15 November 2013

The Cataloguing Working Party is pleased to annouce the programme for its symposium on cataloguing literary archives and manuscripts: Cataloguing Creativity programme with abstracts [PDF] Tickets (including lunch and refreshments) are a very reasonable £12 and are available from the British Library Box Office - book online, in person, or by telephone  (+44 (0)1937 546 546).  … Continue reading Programme announced for Cataloguing Creativity at the British Library, 15 November 2013

Cataloguing Creativity: Symposium on Literary Archives

Friday 15 November 2013 at the British Library CALL FOR PAPERS   Photo credit: Pedro Arellano   The Cataloguing Working Party of GLAM has today published its updated Guidelines for Cataloguing Literary Archives and Manuscripts, along with a related Thesaurus and Glossary. To mark this event, GLAM will be holding a one-day Symposium focusing on issues related to cataloguing… Continue reading Cataloguing Creativity: Symposium on Literary Archives

Willy Russell Archive deposited at Liverpool John Moores University.

Guest post by Jessica Smith, Project Archivist  Willy Russell is a playwright and musician whose work has enjoyed worldwide success and acclaim. He is best known for plays Educating Rita (1980), Shirley Valentine (1986), Our Day Out (1977), and the musical Blood Brothers (1983). Willy Russell’s works have been translated into numerous languages and won… Continue reading Willy Russell Archive deposited at Liverpool John Moores University.

LitHouses conference: Old Places, Narrative Spaces: Combining Conservation and Creativity

The annual LitHouses conference, in association with the Freud Museum, will be held on 28 November 2011 at the Anna Freud Centre, Hampstead, London. For registration information see the LitHouses website. Schedule 09:30 Early Tour of the Freud Museum  10:00 The Anna Freud Centre - registration and coffee 10:30 Guest Speaker: Fiona Talbot, Head of Museums,… Continue reading LitHouses conference: Old Places, Narrative Spaces: Combining Conservation and Creativity

Literary Translators: Creative, Cultural and Collecting Contexts

MS draft of Ted Hughes, Phèdre, courtesy of the Estate of Ted HughesHeld at the British Library Conference Centre, London 3rd October 2011 9:00am – 8:30pm A one-day conference jointly organised by the British Library, the Group for Literary Archives and Manuscripts, the British Centre for Literary Translation, the University of Birmingham, Poet in the… Continue reading Literary Translators: Creative, Cultural and Collecting Contexts

Priestley’s Finest Hour

I am delighted that GLAM has set up this blog.  The rich content and existing name recognition typical of literary archives means they lend themselves particularly well to outreach via social media. A recent project by Special Collections at Bradford University shows what can be done with minimal resources (apart from staff expertise!) and avoiding… Continue reading Priestley’s Finest Hour