Norman Lloyd Bright Papers

Scope and Content

The bulk of the collection consists of typescript copies of the works of Norman Lloyd Bright - both journals and poetry - as well as some press cuttings and correspondence which cover other aspects of the life of Norman Lloyd Bright.

Administrative / Biographical History

Norman Lloyd Bright was born in 1910 and was educated at Shepton Mallet Grammar School and the University of Bristol, where he was awarded the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1932 and a teaching diploma in 1933, though he never taught. Between the years of 1928 and 1933 he wrote poetry, though he suffered a nervous breakdown in 1933, and only started writing again in 1936. He was discharged from an Army Searchlight Unit as medically unfit in 1941, and then began a small mail-order business specialising in the sale of second-hand books.

He had some poems published during his lifetime, either in the periodical The Field, or in his pamphlet Six Poems (1938) and his collection published by Fortune Press, Time to Brood (1946). He prepared another collection, The Solitary, though this was never published. As well as poems, he kept a number of typewritten journals. He was tragically found dead on Canford Heath in October 1949.

Access Information

Accessible to all bona fide readers.

Acquisition Information

These papers were donated to the University of Bristol Library in 1981.


Compiled by Martin Hall, Assistant Archivist, University of Bristol Information Services - Special Collections.

Other Finding Aids

Typescript catalogue available in the University of Bristol Information Services - Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to copy materials must be obtained from the University of Bristol Information Services - Special Collections.