Below is a list of writers’ archives held at the British Archive for Contemporary Writing (BACW). We hold significant material from other writers who have corresponded with these authors or who have appeared at our year round literary festival. Use our archive catalogue to search and browse collections in more depth and email for additional information.

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  • Naomi Alderman receiving Baileys Prize 2017
    Naomi Alderman
    Critically acclaimed and prize-winning author and graduate of UEA's MA in Creative Writing. Alderman’s archive features notebooks, manuscript drafts for her novels, Disobedience and The Power, as well as annotated creative writing workshop submissions, early short stories and more.
  • Tash Aw
    Tash Aw
    Prize-winning author and graduate of the MA in Creative Writing, Tash Aw has published critically-acclaimed novels and memoirs as well as short stories and essays. His archive contains annotated drafts of manuscripts and editorial correspondence with his publisher, and the writer, Yiyun Li.
  • Richard Beard
    Richard Beard
    Richard Beard is an acclaimed novelist and non-fiction writer and Creative Writing Fellow and MA graduate. His archive includes typescripts, notebooks, notes, drafts, correspondence, press-cuttings and more.​ The archive holds insights into the structuring and redrafting of his Goldsmiths' Prize shortlisted novel, Acts of the Assassins, and shows the editorial comments of both his literary agent and editor.
  • Portrait image of David Bellos at Princeton University
    David Bellos
    This archive contains drafts, working documents, and corrected copies of David Bellos' translations of the works of French writer Georges Perec.
  • Malcolm Bradbury
    Malcolm Bradbury
    Co-founder of the Creative Writing MA here at UEA, (with Sir Angus Wilson), Sir Malcolm Bradbury was a prolific writer of novels, short stories, literary criticism and television plays and series. Included in his personal papers are film, radio and television scripts including popular British crime series 'A Touch of Frost', 'Dalziel and Pascoe', and 'Kavanagh QC'. Also see the MA Creative Writing collections, in our Collections A-Z, for material relating to his Professorship of the MA in Creative Writing at UEA. ​
  • Amit Chaudhuri pictured for National Centre for Writing
    Amit Chaudhuri
    Professor of Contemporary Literature here at UEA, Chaudhuri is a distinguished literary critic and prize-winning author of six novels. ​His archive contains early notebooks capturing short story ideas written during his PhD.
  • Lee Child portrait
    Lee Child
    Lee Child is an award-winning author who has written over 20 novels and numerous short stories. His archive contains early drafts, manuscripts and correspondence relating to the creation of one of English literature's most enduring characters, Jack Reacher. The archive is currently being catalogued and will be released to the public in 2020/21.
  • Mark Cocker
    Mark Cocker
    Graduate of UEA, Mark Cocker is an acclaimed author, naturalist and environmental activist. Featuring notebooks, correspondence, draft manuscripts and more, this collection provides fascinating insight into Cocker's nature writing.
  • Andrew Cowan
    Andrew Cowan
    Convenor and graduate of the MA Creative Writing programme at UEA, Andrew Cowan has won several awards for his novels. Included in this collection are novel manuscripts, correspondence and research papers. ​
  • Patricia Crampton in 1940s
    Patricia Crampton
    Prize-winning literary translator, Patricia Crampton, translated over 200 children’s books and over 50 adult novels. ​Crampton worked as a translator on the Nuremberg trials and her archive also contains correspondence from that period. The material is currently being catalogued. Contact us for further information.
  • Shepherd's Hut in winter
    Roger Deakin
    Explore the archive of nature writer and independent film-maker, Roger Deakin, a pioneer of the 'wild swimming' movement. Contains working papers, book drafts and manuscripts, radio programme recordings and more.
  • Manuscript and published novel Cradle Song
    Robert Edric
    Take a look at the unique creative writing processes, scribbles and revisions of award-winning novelist Robert Edric. His archive contains manuscripts, typescripts, and proofs of his work.
  • Anthony Grey in Berlin
    Anthony Grey
    Personal and literary papers relating to the novelist, foreign journalist and BBC presenter Anthony Grey. The archive holds original manuscripts, research papers, photographs, publicity material and correspondence relating to his publications, magazine journalism, television and radio productions.
  • Charlie Higson
    Charlie Higson
    Charlie Higson graduated from UEA in English and Film studies. He is an award-winning comedy writer, actor and best-selling novelist. His writing and performing partnership with fellow UEA student, Paul Whitehouse, led to the creation of the highly successful cult TV comedy sketch show, 'The Fast Show'. Explore his rich and diverse collection featuring correspondence, photographs, production notes and manuscripts.​ The archive also contains other successful TV scriptwriting material and novel drafts and editorial comments relating to his 'Young Bond' novels and his other books for children and young adults.
  • Alan Hunter
    Alan Hunter
    Author of the 'Chief Inspector George Gently' series, Hunter wrote forty-six novels. His archive contains manuscripts and typescripts for each of his novels, as well as some plays, poetry and short stories.​
  • Doris Lessing typing
    Doris Lessing
    A vast collection of personal papers, correspondence, notebooks and diaries from the Nobel Laureate, Doris Lessing, who wrote over 50 books as well as plays, short stories, poems and non-fiction. Lessing enjoyed a decades' long association with UEA where she held the title of Distinguished Fellow of Literature. Lessing's authorised biographer, Patrick French, describes the archive as an extraordinary and unique record of her life and work. Some of Lessing's archive is embargoed during the writing of her biography.
  • Richard Mabey
    Richard Mabey
    Richard Mabey is an honorary graduate of UEA and a highly acclaimed nature writer and broadcaster, focusing on the relations between nature and culture. He has also worked as a journalist, conservationist and a government adviser.
  • Lorna Sage
    Lorna Sage
    Lorna Sage was a journalist, critic, and Professor of English Literature at UEA from 1994. She became best known for her award-winning autobiographical memoir 'Bad Blood.' Her archive includes papers relating to all aspects of her teaching and writing career, with an emphasis on female authors, including Doris Lessing and Angela Carter.
  • Salinger with friend Donald Hartog on bench
    JD Salinger - Hartog
    This collection contains over fifty letters and postcards sent by J.D Salinger - author of bestselling novel 'Catcher in the Rye' - to his long time friend, Donald Hartog. Click 'more' to browse the collection via our catalogue.
  • WG Sebald
    WG Sebald
    A small collection of audiovisual recordings from founding director of the British Centre for Literary Translation and previous chair of German Literature at UEA.​
  • Sara Taylor
    Sara Taylor
    Graduate of UEA’s MA in Creative Writing with a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing, Sara Taylor has published two acclaimed novels. Her archive contains novel manuscripts, correspondence, notebooks and detailed research papers.
  • Snoo Wilson
    Snoo Wilson
    Snoo read American Studies at UEA and began his writing career the year he graduated. He was one of the handful of playwrights who reinvented British theatre in the 1970’s and 80’s. The archive contains extensive notebooks, diaries, manuscripts and working papers.​