Uncollected: Towards a Centre for Contemporary Poetry in the Archive: Project Team Reflections and Recommendations

Jeremy Noel-Tod, Justine Mann, Will Harris, Georgina Colby, Sandeep Parmar

Research output: Working paper


This project seeks funding to plan and pilot a community-led approach to the building of a Centre for Contemporary Poetry in the Archive. The University of East Anglia (UEA) intends to establish such a centre within the British Archive for Contemporary Writing (BACW) at UEA, expanding our existing networks of authors, researchers, archivists and public organisations in new directions.
We will conduct planning activities and pilot community-led archival methodologies that will support the establishment of an archive fit to represent, value, promote and preserve the archives of contemporary poets of colour, queer poets, and other historically underrepresented backgrounds and practices. Our approach to understanding and defining underrepresentation will be alert to
cross-cutting forms of discrimination in British and Irish literary culture relating to class, gender and ability. We will also look to critically value and promote innovative formal approaches to contemporary poetic composition – such as the conceptual, the visual, the performed and the digital – as well as the poetic use of dialects and creoles spoken by communities which have been historically marginalised in the UK and Ireland.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity of East Anglia
Number of pages72
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2023

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