QueenSpark Books

Scope and Content

Archive copies of QueenSpark Book's publications.

Administrative / Biographical History

QueenSpark Books was an extension of QueenSpark, a street newspaper first published in 1972 which had grown out of the campaign to turn the disused Georgian spa in Queen's Park, Brighton, into a nursery school. The first title, Poverty - hardship but happiness. Those were the days 1903-1917 by Albert Paul, appeared in 1974. A volume from the late 1980s says: 'QueenSpark is a community writing and publishing group based in East Brighton. We believe that anyone can be a writer and aim to encourage and publish writing by people who do not normally get into print. QueenSpark is not a commercial company. We have some part-time paid workers, but we are mainly volunteers who work together to write and make books, gaining and sharing skills and confidence as we go.' QueenSpark Books has been particularly associated with the Lewis Cohen Urban Studies Centre at Brighton Polytechnic (now the University of Brighton).

Access Information

The collection is open to all bona fide researchers, by appointment only, telephone or email a week in advance of your intended visit. Researchers must abide by the conditions protecting the collection.

Acquisition Information

Donated by QueenSpark Books to the Mass-Observation Archive Trust which has deposited the collection in the University of Sussex Library.


Prepared by John Farrant, September 2002.

Other Finding Aids

None (items are not entered in the Library's main catalogue).

Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction conditions vary. Please consult the Head of Special Collections.


Further publications will be added as received.

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