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Denise Riley Papers

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.10087

Scope and Contents

Literary papers and correspondence of Denise Riley, consisting chiefly of letters and texts sent to Riley and a small selection of her (mainly earlier) poetry and critical/academic writing.


  • Creation: 1966-2015


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0.05 cubic metre(s) (5 boxes)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by Denise Riley in June 2015. An additional folder of material was presented by Denise Riley in January 2019.

Related Materials

The Department of Archives and Modern Manuscripts, Cambridge University Library, holds papers relating to a number of poets of the 'Cambridge School' including Peter Riley, Andrew Crozier, John Riley, J.H. Prynne and Michael Haslam.

Letters and excerpts of poems by Denise Riley can be found in the following collections: papers of Peter Riley (MS Add.10013/2/35, 49); papers of Andrew Crozier (MS Add.9985); papers of John Welch and The Many Press (MS Add.10064/2/4/3-4); papers of John James (MS Add.10019); archive of the Many Press (MS Add.10064/2/4); papers of J. H. Prynne (MS Add.10144, temporary files 179, 267, 330 and 571); papers of Michael Haslam (MS Add.10073/96).

For printed material, see Scott Thurston, 'Hold: poems 1994-2004' (CUL classmark: Syn.5.200.6), transferred to the Department of Rare Books in November 2018, and two poetry magazines ('Garuda' number 1, 1992; 'Gare du Nord', Vol. 2/1, 1998) transferred to the Periodicals Department in November 2018.

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