Tuesday 9 March 2021
Online | 18:00-19:15
As museums, archives, and libraries adapt to a series of lockdowns, we have a stronger sense than ever of the challenges involved in providing access to the objects that carry our collective memories. While one-way routes and Perspex shields may be new, the complexities around acquiring, preserving, finding, and using collections are not. How can the hidden histories of collections be shown? What tools are emerging for recording and sharing cultural heritage? How can writers and researchers engage with, and make innovative use of, collections?
The Institute of English Studies and The Warburg Institute are delighted to announce this special event, held in connection with the School of Advanced Study 'Open for Discussion' series, to explore the relationship between poets and archives.
Featuring Linda Anderson, John Challis, and Theresa Muñoz, Poets & Archives, chaired by Clare Lees, Institute of English Studies, and Bill Sherman, Warburg Institute, explores how writers engage with, and make creative use of, archives and collections. Canadian Scottish poet, Theresa Muñoz, is currently writing a poetry sequence on “mixed race”, dual heritage couples. John Challis’s first collection, The Resurrectionists comes out this year. Like Muñoz he is interested in how archives speak to and through poets. They are joined by poet and critic, Linda Anderson, founding Director of the Newcastle Centre for Literary Arts, who established the influential Bloodaxe Books archive at Newcastle. Professor Anderson received the OBE in January for her outstanding contribution to Creative Writing over a career of some forty years. It is a pleasure to be able to celebrate her achievements as a poet and scholar at the University of London, where women were first able to gain access to a university education. We are also delighted to raise awareness about the creative potential of archives and collections in London, the heart of Europe’s greatest concentration of books.