John Heath-Stubbs Archive

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 206 Brotherton Collection MS 20c Heath-Stubbs
  • Dates of Creation
      1948 - 2007
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      2 boxes; manuscript typescript tape recordings and printed material. Includes 2 reels of tape and 5 Christmas greetings cards.

Scope and Content

This collection includes manuscript and typescript drafts and poems, examples of published works, an audio recording and correspondence by John Heath-Stubbs. The majority of the poems and drafts are autographed. This collection also includes a small collection of obituaries compiled following Heath-Stubbs death, and sound and DVD recordings of Heath-Stubbs collected by Adrian Risdon.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Francis Alexander Heath-Stubbs, the poet, was born in London in 1918 and educated at Worcester College for the Blind and The Queen's College, Oxford. He published his first poems in the wartime volume, 'Eight Oxford Poets'. He was a Gregory Fellow in Poetry at Leeds University between 1952 and 1955, then taught at foreign universities for several years before becoming a lecturer in English Literature at the College of St Mark and St John, Chelsea, from 1963 to 1973, in which year he received the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry. He was awarded several other prizes, including the Commonwealth Poetry Prize in 1989, in which year he was also awarded the OBE. John Heath-Stubbs is also noted for his translations of Middle Eastern poets, and has written plays and literary essays as well as poetry. He died in December 2006.


The collection is arranged into the following subfonds (sub-collections): Poetry Collections and Published Poems Other Poems and Drafts Correspondence Obituaries Heath-Stubbs Audio and Other Papers (Risdon)

Access Information

This collection is subject to various access conditions. Please see individual catalogue descriptions for further details on access.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from the author and from various booksellers on several occasions between 1963 and 1993. Papers recording details of acquisitions are held with the collection.


In English.

Conditions Governing Use

Material in this collection is in copyright. Photocopies or digital images can only be supplied by the Library for research or private study within the terms of copyright legislation. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain the copyright holder's permission to reproduce for any other purpose. Guidance is available on tracing copyright status and ownership.

Related Material

Collections of John Heath-Stubbs' literary papers and correspondence are held at:
- The Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington
- Washington University in St. Louis
- The British Library (MS.Add.70795, MS.Add.71240)Papers and correspondence relating to Heath-Stubbs' 'contributions to 'Nimbus' magazine' ( , and 'correspondence with the author and educator Leslie Daiken' ( , are held at the the 'Harry Ransom Humanities Research Centre' ( at the University of Texas, Austin.Audio recordings of John Heath-Stubbs and associated material (1961-2001) are held at the 'National Sound Archive.' ( Leeds University Library also holds other collections including papers relating to John Heath-Stubbs, as follows:Papers relating to his contributions to 'Stand' magazine (1958-1971), including 'letters to Jon Silkin,' (/poetry/search/?operation=full&cqlquery=dc.identifier+exact+%22st-3-hea-2%22+not+ead.istoplevel=1) are held in the Stand Archive (Brotherton Collection MS 20c Stand).Letters relating to Heath-Stubbs in the archives of the London Magazine, 'Brotherton Collection MS 20c London Magazine (letters database link)' (*ID=1&*DB=LETT&ALL=Heath-Stubbs&LOCN='London%20Magazine') There are also letters from Heath-Stubbs to:
- Michael Hamburger (36 letters, 1944-1993): Brotherton Collection MS 20c Hamburger

Additional Information

Some 9 signed copies of printed books by John Heath-Stubbs, dated 1970-1989, form a related part of the collection and are shelved with the above.