Poetry Survival and the Carcanet Press Archive

Victoria Stobo, Project Archivist on the Poetry Survival project, discusses her work on Carcanet emails and letters

Rylands Blog

Victoria Stobo writes:

Since January 2019, I’ve been working as a Project Archivist in Special Collections, exploring the Carcanet Press Archive. Carcanet is a renowned poetry publisher, celebrating its 50th anniversary in late 2019, and the archive is one of the John Ryland Library’s most important literary collections. This project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Dr. Lise Jaillant, the PI for the project, is exploring how small poetry publishers survive in the global marketplace.

As part of the project, we’re:

  • Making a selection of 100 emails available online, from the born-digital material which forms part of the Carcanet Press Email Archive;
  • Creating new finding aids for records associated with key writers, including Laura (Riding) Jackson, Elizabeth Jennings and Ted Hughes;
  • Exhibiting a selection of Carcanet Press Archive materials relating to Elizabeth Jennings, Sujata Bhatt, the Arts Council and the wider poetry landscape…

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