Colpitts' Poetry Readings Archive

Scope and Content

The archive contains files of correspondence, accounts, committee minutes, programmes, posters and other publicity, roughly chronologically arranged, together with a large collection of photographs taken at the readings. There are no recordings among the deposited material. The readers have included a diverse mix of both well-established and some less well-known writers, and the archive provides quite an extensive photographic record of contemporary British poets, and some Irish and American.

Administrative / Biographical History

Colpitts Poetry was established in 1975 to bring a wide variety of contemporary poets to Durham to read and discuss their own work. It took its name from its original meeting-place, the Colpitts Hotel, a small pub in Hawthorn Terrace, Durham, and continues to use the same name although over the years the venue has varied.


Not yet fully arranged, but with rough chronological groupings.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for consultation.

Acquisition Information

Presented by Colpitts Poetry, 1989, with the intention that further additions will be made from time to time.

Other Finding Aids

This collection description only.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to make any published use of material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Sub-Librarian, Special Collections (e-mail and, where appropriate, from the copyright owner. The Library will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.

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