The UEA has launched a British Archive for Contemporary Writing

August 3 2015

The archive builds on the University of East Anglia’s international reputation for creative writing and its strong links with acclaimed authors, and as part of the new archive, the UEA is also establishing a storehouse initiative. This gives authors the opportunity to loan manuscripts and related literary material at an early stage in their careers. The aim is to raise author profiles while providing access to materials that would not otherwise be available until much later in an author’s career.

The storehouse will add value by organising and cataloging the collections and making them more accessible, even if authors need the flexibility to remove materials at a later stage. Several writers, including Amit Chaudhuri, Naomi Alderman and Tash Aw, have already committed to depositing material under the storehouse model.

In addition more than 300 interviews have been recorded in the archive with prominent authors who have appeared at UEA’s literary festivals, including Margaret Atwood, Martin Amis, Anne Enright, Seamus Heaney, Kazuo Ishiguro, PD James, Ian McEwan, Toni Morrison, Iris Murdoch, Harold Pinter, Salman Rushdie and Ali Smith. These recordings are available for anyone to access, some of the recordings are also available online here.

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