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Below Loughrigg

Consists of an annotated typescript relating to the Below Loughrigg by Fleur Adcock. Below Loughrigg was Fleur Adcock's first book to be published by Bloodaxe Books.

Adcock, Fleur, 1934 - , poet and editor

Typescript proof of layout

Consists of annotated publishing information, acknowledgements and contents. The proof refers to "Tristan Crazy Measure" (BXB/1/1/SMK/1).

Agenda for Poetry Readings at Newcastle University

Consists of the timetable of poetry readings and brief biographies of Ken Smith, Fleur Adcock, Ciaran Carson and Peter Dale. These events were organised by the Newcastle University Literary Society and the Cultural Affairs Committee, financially assisted by the National Poet Secretariat, referencing contacts as Neil Astley and Karen Openshaw.

The Virgin & the Nightingale: Medieval Latin Poems

Consists of letters and manuscripts relating to the The Virgin & the Nightingale: Medieval Latin Poems by Fleur Adcock.
These poems are about birds - particularly the nightingale - and young women. Most are by monks or clerics, and most are rather rude.

Several are by Peter of Blois, a scholar and diplomat who turned to religion in his later years and disclaimed the brilliant erotic verses of his youth. The middle section of the book presents a selection of poems by this highly accomplished and entertaining writer - who was political secretary to Henry II and later to his widow Eleanor of Aquitaine.

Many of the poems were rhymed, unlike classical Latin poetry, and wherever possible Fleur Adcock has attempted to reproduce the form and rhyme-scheme of the original. In these ratty and lively translations Fleur Adcock combines classical scholarship with her own poetic flair and technical skill. The Latin poems are printed alongside her verse translations.

Adcock, Fleur, 1934 - , poet and editor


Consists of a typescript used as a setting copy, with layout and typographical instructions. This is held together with a piece of card.

Contents Page

Consists of a typed contents page where the pagination has been changed several times. There are also some notes about Fleur Adcock.


Consists of a proof which is annotated in red ink by Neil Astley regarding layout decisions; the front page of this is in typescript. Attached to this is a proof advice note from Unwin Brothers Limited and typescript poems with Neil Astley's annotations.

Working Papers

Consists of photocopies of typescript and printed text. Some have correction annotations and handwritten pagination.


Consists of a page proof, that is possibly the author's proof. It is annotated in green ink, highlighting print error. There is also hand written pagination, changing the printed version. There is a stamp from Unwin Brothers; "Marked Proof".

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