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Biography, Memoir and Creative Non-Fiction
Tash Aw, Mark Cocker (on Richard Meinertzhagen, soldier, ornithologist and fraudster), Jessie Kenney (suffragette), Doris Lessing, Lorna Sage (memoir 'Bad Blood'), Churchill biography (by Randolph Churchill and Martin Gilbert), Charles Pick (memoirs of authors he knew).
Children and war; child development and education; progressive education; children’s authors and books; child rearing.
Comedy Writing and Theatre
Comedy: Charlie Higson, Snoo Wilson and Malcolm Bradbury.
Norfolk theatre: chronologies, programmes, reviews.
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Forthcoming records: Naomi Alderman, Adam Foulds.
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Lee Child (cataloguing in progress), Agatha Christie, Robert Edric, Anthony Grey, Alan Hunter.
Environmental protection, policies and organisations; weather, climate, natural resources, conservation, environmental disasters.
Feminism, votes for women (suffragettes), motherhood, gender, identity and selfhood.
Many of our collections emanate from the work of the British Centre for Literary Translation (BCLT) at UEA. Translators include Anne Born, Anthony Vivis, David Bellos, John Fletcher, Paul Verlaine, Patricia Crampton.
Forthcoming record: Sarah Maguire.
Modernist Architecture and Design
The international Modern movement; the mid-1930s transformation of modern living as evidenced through the Isokon Furniture Company and residential flats.
Post-World War II council housing; and university campuses of the 1960s.
Nature writing can be defined as 'non-fiction or fiction prose or poetry about the natural environment'. Our collections also focus on environmental issues, identity and place.
Roger Deakin, Alan Hunter, Doris Lessing.
Forthcoming record: Adam Foulds.
Publishers and Publishing
The publishing process and the publishing industry. From draft to published work. Writers' struggles, rejections and successes. Correspondence between writers, agents and publishers.
Scriptwriting, Screenplays and Adaptations
Malcolm Bradbury, Alan Hunter, Anthony Grey, Charlie Higson, Doris Lessing, Snoo Wilson, and UEA's Screenwriting course in the '90s.
Forthcoming record: Naomi Alderman.
Society and Politics
Suffragettes, votes for women and gender; European refugees, 1938-1941; communism; spies for the Soviet Union; Nuremberg trials; British scientific policy of the 1960s; nuclear non-proliferation; European Parliament; local politics (south Norfolk) 1955-1974; Chinese sociocultural movement and the treatment of journalists; Cold War.
University of East Anglia
In addition to the UEA Collection there are a number of other collections and records focusing on the University. These relate to its founding, campus and architecture, Climate Research Unit, literary heritage and more.
World War II
Diaries and personal accounts of civilians and military men & women; exiled professionals; aerial operations in the UK, France, Germany and Italy; bombing strategy and analyses; casualty surveys; children’s experiences; historians’ post-war published works.