Against The Grain: Exploring the Martin Bell Archive on 18 January

Join University of Leeds archivists and special guests in the Special Collections Research Centre next Thursday to celebrate the launch of the online catalogue of the papers of the poet Martin Bell.

We’ll hear from researchers and members of his wide circle – which included Philip Larkin, Geoffrey Hill and Anthony Burgess.

The archive at Leeds is the single largest collection of Bell’s manuscripts and correspondence. Manuscripts offer unprecedented insight into Bell’s later years, and the wealth of correspondence charts the trajectory of his life in Leeds.

Throughout the collection, the disorder of Bell’s life is evident, as is the tragedy of his struggle with alcoholism.  Amidst this chaos, though, the intricacies and sharpness of his thinking, and the insight of his poetry, are instantly identifiable. His letters also reveal productive and close relationships with a wide circle of luminaries including Anthony Burgess, Philip Larkin, Peter Porter and George Szirtes.

The event is free and open to all, but booking is required owing to limited capacity. Please email [email protected] to secure your place.

Thursday 18 January 2024, 2pm-4pm
Bedford Room, Brotherton Research Centre, The Parkinson Building, Woodhouse, Leeds LS2 9HBB

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