Material in the collection largely consists of volumes of 'Reality Studios'; pre-publication drafts of manuscripts to be published in the journal (rejected/unpublished material is only occasionally included); letters sent to the editor from contributors regarding their submissions and similar correspondence.
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
This collection relates to the journal 'Reality Studios', a pioneering magazine featuring avant-garde poetry and prose; pieces of literary criticism and analysis; literary reviews and essays on matters covering various areas of literature, linguistics, philosophy and art.
It catered for a particular circle of poets and writers who represented a key facet of modern English Literature. Contributors included Tony Baker, Tom Lowenstein, Robert Sheppard, Simon Smith, Catherine Walsh and Geoff Ward. It started in 1978 as a monthly newsletter and became an A4 volume published once a year and then a bound publication until it final edition was published in 1988. A small number of one-off pamphlets and occaisional papers were also produced.
The journal was edited throughout its life by British poet and editor Ken Edwards, and received contributions from poets and other writers from both sides of the Atlantic.
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Purchased in 1993, with the aid of the V&A Purchase Grant Fund