British Council letters and reports

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Correspondence between 183 British and Irish writers and the British Council together with reports of visits and other miscellaneous papers. Includes material from Brian Aldiss (11 letters, 1 report 1987-1994); Alan Brownjohn (11 letters, 2 reports 1988-1992); Margaret Drabble (14 letters, 10 related correspondence, 1 report 1976-1994); T.S. Eliot (3 letters, 1963); William Golding (16 letters, 6 related correspondence, 1 report 1986-1992); Graham Greene ( 3 letters 1982-1988); Michael Holroyd (5 letters, 1 report 1988-1992); Iris Murdoch (30 letters, 3 related correspondence 1978-1993); Stephen Spender (8 letters, 2 related correspondence 1963-1992); Julian Symons (11 letters, 1 postcard, 1 related correspondence, 1 report 1987-1994); Anthony Thwaite (5 letters, poems, 2 reports 1988-1996); Arnold Wesker (13 letters 1972-1993). There are also documents (carbons and photocopies) relating to the illness and death in Vienna of the poet and British Council employee Bernard Spencer, sent to the British Council on behalf of Roger Bowen of the University of Arizona, who was preparing a biography.

Administrative / Biographical History

The British Council is the United Kingdom’s public diplomacy and cultural organisation. Part of its work is to send British writers on trips abroad in order to help international artistic understanding.

Conditions Governing Access

Open to all researchers. No reader's ticket is required but an appointment is necessary. Check www.reading.ac.uk/special-collections/using/sc-using.asp for contact details and opening hours.

Acquisition Information

Deposited by British Council 1989

Other Finding Aids

An item level list is available

Archivist's Note

This description was compiled by Gil Skidmore

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