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Consists of a page proof with some annotations highlighting print error.

Information sheet

Consists of a Bloodaxe Books information sheet introducing the author and the publication, biography, bibliography and a print out of several poems used for publication purposes.

Dragon Talk

Consists of letters and manuscripts relating to the Dragon Talk by Fleur Adcock.
After the appearance of Fleur Adcock's Poems 1960-2000 she wrote no more poems for several years. This cessation coincided with – but was not entirely caused by – her giving up smoking. When poetry returned to her in 2003 it tended towards a sparer, more concentrated style. This new collection continues to reflect her preoccupations with family matters and with her ambivalent feelings about her native New Zealand.

Her initial inspiration was the letters her father wrote home from England to his parents during World War II, which evoked her own memories of that era. The central sequence moves from her first coming to consciousness in New Zealand up to and through the war years in Britain and on to sketches from her teens in puritanical postwar Wellington after her reluctant return – not without her usual sardonic eye for incongruities and absurdities. There are also affectionate poems for her grandchildren and her late mother.

Adcock, Fleur, 1934 - , poet and editor

Glass Wings

Consists of letters and manuscripts relating to the Glass Wings by Fleur Adcock.
Fleur Adcock’s title refers to the transparent, glittering wings of some of the species – bees, mosquitoes, dragonflies – celebrated or lamented in a sequence of poems on encounters with arthropods, from the stick insects and crayfish of her native New Zealand to the clothes' moths that infest her London house. There is an elegy for the once abundant caterpillars of her English childhood, while other sections of the book include elegies for human beings and poems based on family wills from the 16th to the 20th centuries, as well as birthday greetings for old friends and for a new great-grandson.

Adcock, Fleur, 1934 - , poet and editor

John Agard

Consists of letters and proofs relating to the published poetry works of John Agard.

Agard, John, 1949 - , playwright, poet and writer


Consists of a photocopied typescript, sectioned using pink paper. Each section has a hand written title and introduction. There is also a partial photocopy of this.

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