A monthly update on our enquiry work, visitors received, teaching sessions and other activities.
A student from Anglian Ruskin University enquired about volunteering opportunities. Unfortunately at the moment we are not supporting a volunteer programme.
BACW (British Archive for Contemporary Writing)
1. An applicant for an LDC (Literature, Drama and Creative Writing) teaching post visited to get a general impression of the literary archives. She looked at the Doris Lessing 2008 deposit and the workshopped papers of a former MA Creative Writing student.
2. A PhD student in her first year from the University of Bristol consulted papers and video interviews across the BACW collections as part of her research on the Booker Prize and world literature.
3. An intern working with the UEA LDC Publishing Project visited in order to see whether the Archives had suitable material/letters to include in a proposal for a publishing project. Up for discussion was the Doris Lessing/Whitehorn letters and letters between writers and their publishers.
4. A BBC producer is researching a programme on ‘big’ biography writing and asked to be referred to the literary executors of Doris Lessing. She is hoping to find out more on how literary executors go about appointing a biographer.
5. The BACW Project Archivist curated a small exhibition ‘The making of a debut novelist’. Part of this collection remains on show in the Library through the summer.
6. A film about the BACW was made by UEA students using the video production facility MAKE. The film can be viewed from the BACW home page.
Charles Pick Archive
A biographer of Monica Dickens has been in touch about accessing the correspondence between Dickens and Charles Pick (literary agent).
A senior editor of Hutchinson Books (Penguin Random House) asked for permission to reproduce a photo of a suffragette in a new book on the Russian Revolution, written by one of our archive users.
Literary Translation Archive
A senior lecturer (LDC) took a closer look at the contents of the Literary Translation Archive in order to scope how it could be integrated in forthcoming teaching sessions. In particular she looked at the translator David Bellos and how he handled the works of the French novelist, Georges Perec.
1. A PhD Architectural History student from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) visited the archives on two days to research Walter Gropius and design. He had visited the Lawn Road Flats in London and was giving a lecture the following week in the US to the Bauhaus students who had visited us in May.
2. We have had a follow-on request from the Bauhaus in Dessau for the supply of images for an exhibition on Walter Gropius.
Roger Deakin Archive
A former UEA student (PhD Chemistry, 1985) visited the Roger Deakin Archive. This reader is simply a lover of Deakin’s lyrical writing, he now lives in New York.
1. A literary agent has contacted us in preparation for a visit to the Zuckerman Archive. They will be looking at the Mountbatten/Zuckerman correspondence for a joint biography on Lord and Lady Mountbatten.
2. Arrangements have been made for a Professor from UCL (University College London) to visit the Zuckerman Archive as well as the UEA Collection. He is writing a paper on the history of science in the new universities of the 1960s and 1970s.
There were 16 enquiries.