MacSweeney (Barry) Archive

Subject strengths: Literature

The personal papers of local poet Barry MacSweeney (1948-2000), who was an important figure in the Modern Poetry Revival, include manuscripts and published works, correspondence, literature reviews, poetry publications, photographs and newspapers articles.

The correspondence includes a range of MacSweeney's friends, fellow poets and family including material from Clive Bush, Pete Bland, Tim Fletcher, Nicholas Johnson, Jackie Litherland, Maggie O'Sullivan, Eric Mottram, Elaine Randall, Jeremy Prynne and Chris Torrence.


Collection Name and Collection Reference Code:

Collection Name: MacSweeney (Barry) Archive

Archive Ref Code: GB186/BM

Date Range of Material

1967 - 2000

Type of Material

Personal archive of Barry MacSweeney

Size of Collection

19.5 Linear Metres of shelving 

How To Order Items From This Collection

Please use the finding aid below to search through a list of the individual items we have within this collection.

If you find an item you would like to consult in the Special Collections reading room, simply make a note of the reference number and title of the item(s) you are interested in (for example BM 4 Notebooks and Diaries).

You can then place your order by linking to our request form

Finding Aid

Available via online listing

Scanning and Photocopy Service

If you are unable to visit our reading room, we also have a scanning and photocopying service.

Other Resources

Barry MacSweeney's library of books and journals is held in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics at Newcastle University.