Heritage Lottery Funding allows exciting expansion of Seven Stories literary collections

Here at GLAM we are thrilled to announce that in November 2014 Seven Stories was awarded £341,500 from Heritage Lottery Fund’s ‘Collecting Cultures’ programme (the only institution in the North East to have received funding in this round). The funding has enabled Seven Stories to make several artwork purchases.  It has also supported acquisition-related costs of a number… Continue reading Heritage Lottery Funding allows exciting expansion of Seven Stories literary collections

Pansies! Nottingham acquires a newly-discovered Lawrence typescript!

With the assistance of the ACE/V & A Purchase Grant Fund and the Friends of the National Libraries, The University of Nottingham recently purchased a Typescript of D H Lawrence's Collection of Poems 'Pansies', with an accompanying letter to Charles Lahr, both dated 1929. This typescript quite significantly shows that Lawrence typed the Poetry collection a fourth… Continue reading Pansies! Nottingham acquires a newly-discovered Lawrence typescript!

New Malcolm Bradbury material at UEA Archives

Early short stories in the Nottinghamshire GuardianMalcolm Bradbury (1932-2000) was Professor at the University of East Anglia’s former School of English and American Studies (EAS) from 1970-1994. He co-founded (with Angus Wilson) and later directed the MA course in Creative Writing. Bradbury was a prolific writer of novels, short stories, literary criticism and television plays… Continue reading New Malcolm Bradbury material at UEA Archives

Russell Hoban Archive in search of a home

The archive of the late novelist Russell Hoban is available for acquisition. The American author who lived in London from 1969 to his death in 2011 is best-known for his books Riddley Walker, The Mouse and his Child and the Frances books. Institutions interested in acquiring the archive should contact Paul Cooper, who has been… Continue reading Russell Hoban Archive in search of a home

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

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.

British Library acquires the archive of poet James Berry

The British Library has acquired the archive of the Caribbean British poet and writer, James Berry OBE. One of the first black writers in Britain to be widely recognised for his work, James Berry came to Britain as part of the first major wave of immigrants from the Caribbean in 1948. Berry's archive includes poetry… Continue reading British Library acquires the archive of poet James Berry

Robert Edric Archive at UEA helps researchers uncover the creative writing process

By Sarah Elsegood, Arts and Humanities Faculty Librarian and Curator of Archives and Special Collections  The University of East Anglia has been gifted an important collection of literary manuscripts from prolific Yorkshire author Robert Edric (pseudonym for Gary Edric Armitage) who was born in Sheffield in 1956 and now lives in the East Riding of… Continue reading Robert Edric Archive at UEA helps researchers uncover the creative writing process

John le Carré archive heads to Oxford

John le Carré, one of the world’s most celebrated authors, has offered his literary archive to Oxford’s Bodleian Library with the intention that it should become its permanent home. Le Carré said, ‘I am delighted to be able to do this. Oxford was Smiley’s spiritual home, as it is mine. And while I have the… Continue reading John le Carré archive heads to Oxford

J. D. Salinger – Hartog Letters at UEA

A collection of 50 handwritten letters and 4 postcards has been donated to the University of East Anglia’s Literary Archives by the family of a long-standing friend of the author’s – Mr Donald Hartog. The processing and publicizing of this new collection has raised some interesting data protection and copyright issues as copyright resides with… Continue reading J. D. Salinger – Hartog Letters at UEA