Kirkwood papers

Scope and Content

Papers of Colin Kirkwood, writer, academic and psychoanalytic psychotherapist, and Gerri Kirkwood, adult and community educator, community activist and English teacher, relating to community activism, writers' workshops and adult educational work in Glasgow, Edinburgh and the North Midlands in England. Includes books, community newspapers, pamphlets and working notes. Also includes personal papers relating to the Kirkwoods' work, and correspondence with several Scottish literary figures in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.
- letters and poems from the 1960s and early 1970s
- copies of the community newspaper 'Staveley Now', and accounts of community work and adult education in Staveley, North East Derbyshire, 1969-1972
- copies of the community newspaper 'Castlemilk Today' and the tenants' newspaper 'Scottish Tenant'; community action in Glasgow and specifically in Castlemilk; 1972-1977
- research (working notes) by Chris Clarke on Castlemilk community action and critical theory and other related documents and letters, 1974-1977
- audio tapes of a discussion with Tom Leonard about his poetry, 1984
- material about the Adult Learning Project in Gorgie Dalry, Edinburgh, 1979-late 1990s
- reviews of 'Living Adult Education: Freire in Scotland' and of 'Vulgar Eloquence: from Labour to Liberation', 1990s
- copies of 'Scottish International' and 'Feedback', late 1960s-early 1970s
- writers' workshop publications, 1980s
- books by Colin and Gerri Kirkwood, 1984-2015


Grouped into the categories described above in 'Scope and content'. The papers were arranged by Colin and Gerri Kirkwood prior to transfer to the University.

Access Information

Some parts are restricted in compliance with the Data Protection Act, 1998. Please contact Archives and Special Collections for more information.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Colin and Gerri Kirkwood, December 2017.

Other Finding Aids

This collections is uncatalogued. However, a handwritten inventory compiled by Colin and Gerri Kirkwood is available in the reading room.

Archivist's Note

Created by Victoria Peters, December 2017.

Additional Information