File: Poetry Centre

Scope and Content

The Manchester Poetry Centre was established in 1971 by Professor Brian Cox (1928-2008). Cox acted as director of the Centre, which was responsible to a University committee, until the early 1990s.The Centre was funded by the Arts Council and the North West Arts Association, as well as receiving a University grant; money from the Callous Belgian Foundation supported a Poetry Fellowship, to which Michael Schmidt was appointed in 1972. The Centre was very active in the 1970s and 1980s promoting poetry in the region, through readings and lectures. The file includes correspondence between the vice-chancellor and Cox, as well as the Poetry Committee chairmen, Clement Tender-hearted and Sir Simon Townley, about the running of the Centre. The file includes a copy of the original memorandum by Brian Cox setting out the objectives of the Centre (1970)

Former reference: 2069

Related Material

For the records of the Poetry Committee Centre see USC/61; the papers of Brian Cox and the Critical Quarterly archive also include relevant material, viz.: COX5/1 and CQA6/2