Cambridge Poetry Festival posters, 1975
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.
- Cambridge Poetry Festival (Organization)
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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.
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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.
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