Publications arising from Doris Lessing 100

We are delighted to announce that a special issue of the journal, Critical Quarterly, edited by UEA academics and Doris Lessing 100 Co-Curators, Matthew Taunton and Nonia Williams, has been published and is available as open access.

Extract from the introduction: "The centenary of Doris Lessing’s birth in 2019 provided an opportunity to reassess the standing and legacy of a great writer. The celebrations held at the University of East Anglia in that year consisted of an international conference (some papers from which we present here), a major exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts (which we curated), and several public events. UEA was a natural home for the celebrations because of Lessing’s connections with the university. These connections began in friendship – with UEA academics including Lorna Sage and Christopher Bigsby – and ended with an important bequest when Lessing donated her personal papers to the university, where they are now held in the British Archive for Contemporary Writing. The exhibition provided the public, and indeed many Lessing experts, with a first glimpse of this astonishing collection."

International conference programme for Doris Lessing at 100: The Writer's Quest

Other recent publication news

Matthew Taunton, Co-Curator of Doris Lessing 100, has published an article drawing on the correspondence within the Lessing collection at the British Archive for Contemporary Writing, UEA: 'Communism by the Letter: Doris Lessing & the Politics of Writing' is published in 88.1 of English Literary History.