Andrew Cowan Archive

Scope and Content

Papers and correspondence of Andrew Cowan (1960- ), writer. The collection is composed of his literary papers – novel manuscripts, correspondence, and research papers. Also included are interviews and papers for the Norwich Oral History Archive.

Administrative / Biographical History

Andrew Cowan was born in Corby, Northamptonshire, in 1960 and educated at Beanfield Comprehensive and the University of East Anglia (UEA). He is the Director of the Creative Writing programme at UEA from which he graduated in 1985.

His first novel, Pig (1994), won a Betty Trask Award, the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, the Authors' Club First Novel Award, a Scottish Arts Council Book Award, the Ruth Hadden Memorial Award, and was shortlisted for five other literary awards. Common Ground (1996) and Crustaceans (2000) both received Arts Council bursaries. What I Know was the recipient of an Arts Council Writers' Award and was published in 2005. His creative writing guidebook, The Art of Writing Fiction was published in 2011. His fifth novel, Worthless Men was published in 2013.

Previously a long-standing tutor for the Arvon Foundation, he was for three years the Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at UEA. He was appointed to the faculty in 2004 and currently teaches and lectures at undergraduate and MA level and supervises a number of PhD students. In 2011 he wrote UEA's successful submission to the 'Diamond Jubilee' Round of the Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education, and was promoted to a Chair in 2012.


The collection is one of many individual deposits forming part of the wider British Archive for Contemporary Writing, est. 2015.

Arranged in three sections:

  • Ring-binders
  • Boxes
  • Box files

Access Information

Available for private, non-commercial research. Some correspondence is under embargo.

Acquisition Information

The papers were deposited on loan in the British Archive for Contemporary Writing. The papers were delivered to the Archives between July and September 2016.

Other Finding Aids

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Paper, VHS, audio-cassettes.

Conditions Governing Use

Relevant copyright permissions must be obtained before any reproductions of documents can be made. The University of East Anglia does not hold copyrights for any material in this collection. Please address all copyrights queries to Andrew Cowan.

Custodial History

The papers were deposited on loan in the British Archive for Contemporary Writing, University of East Anglia.


Accruals are expected.