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Letters to Gwyneth Lewis from family, friends, literary associates, universities, and media and insurance companies concerning personal, social, literary, academic, professional and domestic matters, especially her life and work at Harvard and in New York and her travels around the United States, together with a notebook, postcards, press cuttings, photographs, leaflets, theatre programmes, student newsletters and a map of Florence; also included are a typescript transcript and offprint of an interview with Italo Calvino by Ian Thomson, some papers relating to Elin ap Hywel (including a typescript of poems by her, a typescript of poems inspired by her work, and a typescript of a short story dedicated to her), typescripts of poems by others, and some postcards relating to Gwyneth Lewis but sent between her friends.


Letters and cards to Gwyneth Lewis from friends, family, university staff, literary contacts and private companies, and postcards from Gwyneth Lewis to her parents, concerning personal, literary, social, academic, career, family and domestic matters, including her published work, the possibility of publishing a collection of her poetry, her editorial activities with Poetry Wales, her life in Cambridge, her applications for work and courses, and her move to Harvard; a letter from Tom Earley also includes typescript copies of two of his poems.

Correspondence: 1991-1996,

Includes letters from Lesley Grant-Adamson (2, including a poem); Irene E. Thomas (2); Mavis Carter (6); Dennis Carter; Gwyn Parry (4); Tony Bianchi; Peter Weevers; Sally Roberts Jones (2); Judith Thwaite (11, including a poem); David Harries; Michael Rosen; Candyce Clayton; Nigel Jenkins (2); Kate Foley (4); Anne Stevenson; Christine Evans (2); Chris Kinsey; Maura Dooley (4); Menna Elfyn; Roger Garfitt (3); Joseph Clancy (including poem); Beryl Hamilton (Berenice Moore); Linda Martin; Julia Griffiths Jones (3); Maurice Rutherford (3); Ruth Bidgood; Dannie Abse (3); Enid Luff; and Mary Oldham.

Correspondence: 1995-1999,

Includes letters from Enid Luff (4); Christine Evans (2); Raymond Garlick; Caryl Davies; Angela Morton (2, including a poem); Mavis Carter (5); Liz Ashurst; Esther de Waal; Jean Earle (4); Gladys Mary Coles; Margaret Merritt (9); Mary Lloyd Jones (2); Maura Dooley; Diana Hendry; Lynne Rees (8); Roger Garfitt; Elwyn Evans; Judith Thwaite (enclosing two poems); Ruth Bidgood; David T. Lloyd (2); Patricia V. Dawson; Roland Mathias (2); Ann Byrne-Sutton (poem); Berenice Moore; Geoffrey Bould; Dylan Jones (2); Justin Todd; Emyr Humphreys; Phil Clark (2); M. Wynn Thomas; Tony Conran; Lesley Grant-Adamson (3); Sue Moules (2); John Emyr; Neil Nuttall; Sheenagh Pugh; and Menna Elfyn.

Letters to Gwyneth Lewis

Letters and cards to Gwyneth Lewis from friends, family, agents, writers and other literary associates concerning personal, social, family, literary and artistic matters, including a manuscript poem ('A birthday') by Gillian Clarke and an invitation to attend a reception for the arts at Windsor Castle, with related photographs, press cuttings and ephemera.

'Letters (writers)',

Includes letters from A. G. Prys-Jones (6); Ted Hughes; Anne Stevenson (4); Jean Earle (4); Bobi Jones; Gwyneth Lewis (5); Olivia Byard; Christine Evans (3); Maura Dooley (4); John Emyr (enclosing poem for Gillian Clarke); Sally Roberts Jones (3); Kate Foley; Anne Cluysenaar (2); Douglas Houston (enclosing poem for Gillian Clarke); Menna Elfyn; Ruth Bidgood; Michael Longley; Gweno Lewis; Leslie Norris; Charles Causley; Meic Stephens; Kevin Crossley-Holland; Lawrence Sail; M. Wynn Thomas (2); Shani Rhys-James (3); R. S. Thomas; Phil Clark; Dannie Abse; Raymond Garlick; Jeremy Hooker; and Nigel Jenkins.

Literary and editorial correspondence

Correspondence, 1996-2000, regarding the publication, commission, and use of literary works by John Barnie, including letters from John Barnie (1); Mairwen Prys Jones (7); Tony Bianchi (1); Ceinwen Jones (5); Neil Nuttall (1); Anne Cluysennar (3); Bryan Aspden (3); Wyn Binding (2); Iwan Bala (1); John Osmond (1); Xosé Méndez (1); Peter Read (2); David Lloyd (2); Menna Elfyn (1); Stewart Brown (1); Peter Finch (3); Roy Ashwell (1); Mark Roper (1); Marta Carracedo (1); Robert Minhinnick (2); Sue Davies (1); Adam Empson (1); Damian Walford Davies (2); Ian A. Bell (2) and Llion Pryderi Roberts (1). The file also includes two reader's reports for John Barnie's 'The Wine Bird' (1997) and a cover proof for the same title.

Personal correspondence

Personal correspondence, 2013, consisting of letters and cards, discussing mainly literary and social matters, including correspondence from John Barnie (1); Bruce Clunies Ross (34); Ian McDonald (2); David Lloyd (5); Robert Minhinnick (1); Peter Lord (4); Nigel Jenkins (9); Nicholas Murray (2); Jüri Talvet (4); Margaret Lloyd (2); Cilla Huggins (1); Martin Leer (5); Damian Walford Davies (1); John Harris (4); Anders Bune (1); Mike Parker (1); Knud Sørensen (2); Ceri Wyn Jones (1); Gwydion & Kunjana Thomas (2); Anna Marie Degn Nielsen (2); Roynon Collings (1); Stewart Brown (1); Mike Jenkins (1); Alan Barnie (1); Menna Elfyn (1); Stevie Davies (1); Helle Michelsen (1): Talfan Barnie (1); Geoff & Alan Barnie (1); and Calvin Forbes (1). The file also contains an order of service for the funeral of Gertrude Clancy.

Personal correspondence

Personal correspondence, 2014 January-June, consisting of a card and letters, discussing mainly academic, literary, and social matters, including correspondence from John Barnie (1); Bruce Clunies Ross (14); Damian Walford Davies (1); Richard Poole (5); Ralph Maud (1); Peter Lord (4); Talfan Barnie (1); Carol Jenkins (1); Nicholas Murray (1); Ian McDonald (3); Stewart Brown (1); Gail Ashton (1); Cilla Huggins (1); Zoë Skoulding (1); Menna Elfyn (5); Twm Morys (1); David Lloyd (3); Ned Thomas (1); Robert Minhinnick (2); Mike Parker (2); Margot Morgan (2); Stevie Davies (1); Mick Felton (1); Gabrielle Carey (1); Barry Butson (1); Margaret Lloyd (1); and Tony Brown (1). The file also contains an order of service for the funeral of Nigel Jenkins; and a pamphlet for the memorial service of Dorothy Gwenlan.

Tŷ Newydd,

Papers, 1965, 1972, 1988-1991, mostly correspondence, relating to The Taliesin Trust, a charitable trust set up to provide a residential writers' centre for Wales to encourage and promote writing in English and Welsh, and the establishment of the Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre. Included are letters from Sally Baker Jones, Director of the Centre (21, a number of which are copies); Menna Elfyn (2), Meic Stephens (8); Christine Evans (2); Ruth Bidgood; Islwyn Ffowc Elis; Sir Geraint Evans; and Jon Dressel. Also included are agenda and minutes of the Board of Management of The Taliesin Trust, of which Gillian Clarke was Chairman, accounts, lists of donations to the Trust, and related deeds.

Volumes of music and verse

  • NLW ex 2341
  • File
  • 2000

Five finely bound 'folders' containing typescript and manuscript works commissioned for Celtic Connections, Opening / Oscailt, 9 March 2001. They include words by Michael Coady and music by John Metcalf, together with words by Menna Elfyn and a manuscipt score of Eifion Wyn's 'Mis y Mêl' by Brian Hughes which was commissioned by Islwyn Evans of Ysgol Gerdd Ceredigion.