Bundle of letters

Scope and Content

Letters from 1973, relating to: NCN's receipt of a Society of Authors Travelling Scholarship, with which he hopes to visit Scandinavia or Canada; television programmes NCN has been involved in, including one in January [Look stranger: the whispering poet] which prompted many letters from viewers, and a subsequent diary programme called Letters to a friend [consisting of letters from NCN to Ted Fisher, his old Millom friend (and subsequent teacher of Ted Hughes)]; new reviews of A local habitation, which have made NCN feel happier about the book's reception; plans for a reading with Anne Ridler at the Poetry Society in London in April, to be followed by a stay in Oxford and a possible meeting with W.H. Auden; other readings given by NCN at Didsbury College (Manchester), Rydal Hall, and Workington; readings shared with Irvine Hunt at Ulverston, Grizedale and Whitehaven; NCN's thoughts on Hunt and his work; the death in April of Annie Brennan, NCN's only blood relative in Millom, and concerns arising over her estate; the Nicholsons' holiday in Devon, where they lunched with poet Charles Causley; NCN's opening of Millom Folk Museum (on the site of his old school), and his interest in the exhibits relating to Hodbarrow Mine; a recording of some of NCN's poems for a British Council LP in August; the dedication of the new hymnbook (a supplement to Ancient and modern which included a hymn by NCN) at the local church in Millom; and the Nicholsons' plans to have a telephone installed.

In DCN/1/4/10 NCN reports on the rediscovery of a manuscript of one of his early verse plays and his plan to sell it to Northern Arts; he also discusses his manuscripts, most of which he destroyed before realizing their value. DCN/1/4/5 includes a card on which NCN has written a schedule for his April reading in Workington; and DCN/1/4/8 is a postcard written by Yvonne Nicholson.