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School Archives

The material collected in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics consists of Barry MacSweeney's personal library, which was donated to the School in 2001.

The library includes hundreds of books, poetry pamphlets, poetry journals, music and photographs that Barry collected over his lifetime.

The poetry pamphlets and journals may be of considerable interest to researchers as, in many cases, they are the products of small or privately run local presses.

The archive is a particularly rich resource for those researchers working in the areas of contemporary British poetry and the poetry of the North East of England.

The MacSweeney Archive contains a diverse mix of established and lesser known writers and includes poetry books and pamphlets by such notable figures as Basil Bunting, J H Prynne and Eric Mottram.

It is also an excellent resource for the thriving creative writing and postgraduate communities within our School.

The Eric Mottram Collection in King's College Archives, University of London, also holds recordings and other material by Barry MacSweeney.

Access and contact information

All enquiries regarding the MacSweeney Archives should be directed to the Special Collections Librarian at the Robinson Library, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4HQ, +44 (0)191 208 7712.