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Riley, Arthur Peter, 1940- (poet, publisher and bookseller)



  • Existence: 1940-


Peter Riley, poet, publisher and bookseller, was born in Stockport in 1940, and read English at Pembroke College, Cambridge (B.A. 1963, M.A. 1969). He worked at various jobs in London and then moved to Hastings and Hove, pursuing a part-time thesis on the novelist and story-writer T. F. Powys at the University of Sussex. He was a subscriber to 'The English Intelligencer', a worksheet privately circulated between poets connected with Cambridge, and was its editor for part of 1967. Between 1969 and 1972 he was a lecturer at the University of Odense (Denmark). In addition to writing on literary topics he pursued interests in avant-garde jazz and free improvised music. After spells living in Macclesfield and the Peak District, during which he undertook a part-time M.A. thesis on Jack Spicer at the University of Keele and commenced a mail-order second-hand book business (which continued until 2005) Riley returned to Cambridge in 1985, where he participated in running the Cambridge Conference on Contemporary Poetry and published the 'Poetical Histories'. In 2013 he moved to Yorkshire.

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Peter Riley Papers

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.10013
Scope and Contents

The papers comprise drafts and scripts of works in verse and prose by Riley; files relating to other writers, artists and musicians, including documentation of translation conferences and reviews of Riley's works; and files relating to the editorship of the journal 'Collection'.

Dates: 1950-2010 (circa)
Conditions Governing Access: The collection contains personal correspondence. The provisions of the Data Protection Act (1998) apply. Access to documents may be restricted if they contain information exempted from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, 2000.

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