Archives and Collections Visiting Fellowships
A dynamic new funded fellowship has been announced for those wishing to pursue a research project relating to our collections. This initiative welcomes applications from academic researchers wishing to travel to Norwich to make use of the University’s archives and collections for innovative research.
Further information on Visiting Fellowships.
CRIME FICTION, 19 NOVEMBER
The creative writing process of two crime writers: Louise Doughty (Platform Seven) and Dame Denise Mina (Conviction) may be seen in the UEA Library foyer until 19 November. Curated by PGR CHASE student Elspeth Latimer.
DORIS LESSING 100
Exhibition 13 Sep 2019 – 9 Feb 2020 (Sainsbury Centre). Lessing’s personal archive forms the basis of this celebratory exhibition. Media coverage:
• The BBC R4’s Open Book
• The Guardian featured items from the exhibition
Open Days and Other Events
UEA OPEN WEEKEND 19 & 20 OCTOBER
Prospective students visiting the Archives were welcomed by Justine Mann and Jos Smith. An opportunity to discover how students learn archive research skills during their studies. 30 attendees.
DORIS LESSING 100: WOMEN WRITERS IN CONVERSATION
As part of the centenary celebrations, this ticketed event, run jointly with staff in LDC, brought contemporary writers: Rachel Cusk; Emma Claire Sweeney and Lara Feigel together to discuss Lessing’s legacy. Chaired by Nonia Williams. 85 attendees.
Doris Lessing 100 Programme.
MA BIOGRAPHY / CREATIVE WRITING NON-FICTION, 15 OCTOBER
Exhibits in this session included material from the archives of Lorna Sage, Roger Deakin, J.D. Salinger and Doris Lessing. 16 attendees.
Some interesting questions which were considered as part of the session:
What challenges face biographers in archives?
What authority (if any) does an archive have over other source material in terms of illuminating a life?
How might a creative life writer’s response to an archive be different to that of a biographical researcher?
UG LDC TRANSLATION, 22 OCTOBER
Eugenia Kelbert-Rudan (Leverhulme Fellow) led this seminar which gave students the opportunity to examine drafts, working documents, and corrected copies of David Bellos’ translations of the works of the French writer Georges Perec. Seven attendees.
Interesting to compare the drafts and republished versions. Rare experience.
UG CREATIVE WRITING PROSE, 22-24 OCTOBER
Three sessions were held on consecutive days. Led by Kate Moorhead-Kuhn (LDC) and others. 39 attendees.
It was very useful to see the stages of a short story from first draft to publication, the process of editing and rewriting feels less daunting now.
Seeing the revision process on a professional level was super interesting.
IMAGINARY ENDINGS: BRITISH FICTION AND THE APOCALYPSE, 28 & 30 OCTOBER
Led by Iain Robinson (LDC). This session focussed on Doris Lessing’s Memoirs of a Survivor and to Lessing’s wider reflections on science fiction, Sufism, atomic war, and autobiography/memoir. 13 attendees (across two sessions).
Fascinating insight into the author and the realms: intellectual, interpersonal and spiritual she inhabited.
READING AND WRITING TRANSLATIONS, 31 OCTOBER
Led by Kotryna Garanasvili (LDC PGR). Again, this gave students the opportunity to examine David Bellos’ translations of the works of the French writer Georges Perec. Seven attendees.
It was interesting to study a professional translator’s material and see their editor’s feedback.
This year’s Unboxed programme is focused on the Doris Lessing 100 exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre which charts the life of Doris Lessing (Nobel laureate).
Students will explore Doris Lessing’s archive and interpret its contemporary significance for new audiences. They will also have the opportunity to curate a display of selected work in Norwich Millennium Library in November.
The first induction session for successful applicants of this exciting volunteering opportunity was held on 23 October. The following week they attended an artists’ workshop at the Sainsbury Centre, led by Nell Croose Myhill (Learning Programme Manager) and Sarah Lowndes (Associate Tutor).
The Observer Magazine has approached us as they republish the cover of one of their earlier issues from the 1970s. The cover featured a photograph of the journalist Anthony Grey who was placed under house arrest in Peking in 1967 for 777 days. The Archives holds a copy of the magazine and Grey’s papers documenting the personal cost of his job as a journalist. (Anthony Grey Archive). Article.
We’ve assisted picture researchers and a PhD student from Manchester with images for their articles on Isokon furniture and the Bauhaus; and we’re working with a television production company as they gather material for a Channel 5 programme concerning a tenant of the modernist Isokon Flats. (Pritchard Papers).
An author has sought images for her forthcoming book Circles and Squares: The Hampstead Modernists. Bloomsbury, April 2020. (Pritchard Papers).
A photograph of Guy Callendar (a pioneer of the theory of global warming) has been requested for a new book being written in the US on the history of climate change. (G.S. Callendar Archive).
A collection of 2,000 school children’s essays has been used for a dissertation by a student from the University of Birmingham. (Zuckerman Archive).
Our thanks to Dr Mike Crundell for the very generous gift of Sir John Hill’s Eden, a compleat body of gardening (1757), an important work in the history of 18th century horticulture.