Seven Stories is delighted to have acquired the archives of John Agard and Grace Nichols.

We are proud to add the poets’ work to our ever-growing national archive of modern and contemporary children’s literature.

John Agard’s award winning archive of work dates back to the late 1970s and includes working manuscripts, proofs and correspondence with publishers, editors and fans. A highlight of the collection is unarguably John’s collection of two dozen pocket sized notebooks, many of which have accompanied him on his travels to events and readings around the world. These notebooks include drafts of his poetry, stories, and writings for the stage, and include a large number of unrealised pieces and early versions.

Also dating back to the 1970s, Grace Nichols’ archive includes annotated manuscript, printouts, proofs and copies of her books. It also includes a broad selection of correspondence with printers, publishers and editors, schools, librarians, and child readers.

Our Collections and Exhibitions Director Sarah Lawrance said, “This acquisition was made possible by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Collecting Cultures programme and we are thrilled that we had the opportunity to protect this key part of British history for future generations.

Both of the archives acquired by Seven Stories relate to the two poets’ work for children and offer a remarkable level of insight into each poet’s creative process and career.”

The collections will feature in the 2018 programme of events and exhibitions and will be available for research and consultation within the coming months.