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Cambridge Poetry Festival posters, 1975

Reference Code: GBR/0271/GCIP CPF

Scope and Contents

This collection comprises 19 posters created to advertise the first Cambridge Poetry Festival in 1975. The posters were the idea of Richard Burns (also known as Richard Berengarten). Some of the artists were suggested by the poets themselves but most of them were students in the art school at the then Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology (now Anglia Ruskin University), where Richard was a lecturer.
Each poster shows a poem and accompanying artwork. The list below gives (where known) the title of the poem, the poet, and the designer of the poster:
1) 'Mandelshtam' by Richard Burns, design by Ernie Harper;
2) 'Imaginary Phone Calls' by Miles Burrows;
3) 'Cambridge' by Glen Cavaliero, design by Rosalind Billingsley;
4) 'Reflections', poem and art by Roy Turner Durrant;
5) 'Patience' by Elaine Feinstein;
6) 'Pastoral' by Veronica Forrest-Thomson, design by Anne Zefferelli;
7) Untitled by Mick Gowar, design by Sue Dray;
8) 'Song' by John Holloway, design by Kate Wilkinson;
9) 'The Beasts' by Graham Hough, design by Nina Carroll and Brian Ruddock;
10) 'Moore at Ely' by W R Jondorf, art by Roy Turner Durrant, calligraphy by Paul Allingham;
11) Untitled by Wendy Mulford, design by Ball (2 copies);
12) Untitled by William Peskett, design by Abbas Hashemi;
13) 'USA / USSR' by Omar Pound, design by Gordon Shaw;
14) 'A Witch' by Omar S Pound, design by Anne Zefferelli;
15) 'Turing Machine' by Göran Printz-Påhlson, design by Margaret Dyson;
16) 'The Present' by Burns Singer, design by Ernie Harper;
17) Untitled by Nigel Wheale, design by Marguerite Browne;
18) 'Saxon Buckle' by Clive Wilmer, design by Will Hill;
19) 'Bye Bye Blackbird, For Douglas Oliver', by John James, design by Ball.


  • Creation: 1975


Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is presumed to be held by the poet (or their heir/s) and the designer (or their heir/s).

Biographical / Historical

The Cambridge Poetry Festival was a biennial event which ran between 1975 and 1985. Successive festivals were co-ordinated by the following poets: Richard Burns, Paul Johnstone, Peter Robinson, Mick Gowar, Alison Rimmer and Anne Grubb. Unique at the time among British literary festivals, it involved large numbers of poets from many countries, young and old, established and neglected, known and unknown.


1 file(s) : Paper

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection of posters was given to the Archive by Dr Gillian Jondorf, October 2012. No 19 was donated by her in May 2013.

Related Materials

See also GCPP Forrest-Thomson 1/6 for a souvenir programme for the 1975 Festival and a news cutting.

Related Materials

The Cambridge Poetry Festival Archive formerly in the possession of Peter Riley and Ian Patterson (who were both members of the Festival committee), including correspondence, accounts, poems and posters, is held by the Central Library, Cambridge, in the Cambridgeshire Collection 'Out Store'.


Cambridge Poetry Festival

Finding aid date

2012-11-20 13:24:12+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Girton College Archive Repository

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