Alvi (Moniza) Archive

Scope and Content

Consists of notebooks of poetical drafts, manuscript drafts, annotated typescripts, research, and correspondence - both personal and professional - of Moniza Alvi.

Administrative / Biographical History

Moniza Alvi was born in Lahore, Pakistan, but moved to England as a young child and was raised in Hertfordshire. She studies at the Universities of York and London, living in London for many years before moving to Norfolk. Her poetical career was launched with the Poetry Business Prize in 1991, and her first independent collection, The Country at My Shoulder (1993) was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Whitbread Poetry Award. She has since published seven further collections of poetry, with OUP and subsequently Bloodaxe: A Bowl of Warm Air (1996), one of the Independent on Sunday's Books of the Year; Carrying My Wife (2000), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation; Souls (2002); How the Stone Found its Voice (2005); Europa (2008), shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot prize; Homesick for the Earth (2011) comprising translations from the French poet Jules Supervielle; and At the Time of Partition (2013), again shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. Split World (2008) includes work from her first five collections. In 2002 she received a Cholmondeley Award.

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Further accruals to this collection are expected.