Fonds GB 0210 ALISKI - Alison Bielski Papers,

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Alison Bielski Papers,


  • 1939-2002, (Creation)

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0.126 cubic metres (14 boxes)

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Biographical history

The poet Alison Bielski (b. 1925) has published numerous anthologies and has regularly contributed to magazines, periodicals and other publications. Much of her work draws on Welsh folklore and mythology and some of her experimental visual poetry has been exhibited in Wales and abroad. She has won numerous prizes for her work.

Born in Newport, Monmouthshire, she worked as a secretary with various industrial companies and in the British Red Cross in Cardiff. From 1969 to 1974 she was an honorary joint secretary of the English-language section of Yr Academi Gymreig.

Her anthologies include Twentieth Century Flood (1964), Across the Burning Sand (1970), Monogrampoems (1971), Eve (1973), Mermaid Poems (1974), The Lovetree (1974), Seth (1980), Night Sequence (1981), and Eagles (1983). In addition, her work has been published in a number of periodicals such as the London Welshman, Anglo-Welsh Review and Poetry Wales. She has also published several booklets on local history, including Flower Legends of Wales (1974),Tales and Traditions of Tenby (1981) and The Story of St Mellons (1985).

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Deposited and later donated by Alison Bielski, Cardiff, October 1974, December 1980, June 1981, November 1983, August 1985, March 1989, January 1995, January 2003.; C1983/54, C1985/49, A1989/40, A1995/10, 0200301974.

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Scope and content

Literary papers, 1964-1995, juvenilia, 1939-1942, and journals, 1966-1994, of Alison Bielski, together with her work journals, 1995-2002 .

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Action: All papers donated to NLW have been retained..


Accruals are likely.

System of arrangement

Arranged at NLW in two groups: literary papers and work journals.

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Conditions governing access

This accrual is not available until 20 years after the donor's death. Restrictions have also been placed on previous accruals of journals.

Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions set out in information provided when applying for their Readers' Tickets, whereby the reader shall become responsible for compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998 in relation to any processing by them of personal data obtained from modern records held at the Library.

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Usual copyright laws apply.

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Audio tapes of poetry are held in the National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales, and duplicate slides of concrete and visual experimental poetry are in NLW Special Collections (PG 5940).

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH


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Dates of creation revision deletion

March 2003 and February 2013.


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Richard Burman, Barbara Davies and Ann Francis Evans.

Archivist's note

The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Meic Stephens (ed.), The Oxford Companion to the Literature of Wales (Oxford, 1986).

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  • Text: Alison Bielski Papers.