- 1970-2017 (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
15 small boxes (0.135 cubic metres)
Name of creator
John Barnie (1941- ), poet and writer, was born in Abergavenny, Gwent. He attended King Henry VIII’s Grammar School, Abergavenny, before studying at the University of Birmingham where he graduated with a PhD in 1969. Following this, he taught English Literature at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, where he lived from 1969-1982, and in 1979 spent some time in Memphis, Tennessee as an Honorary Fellow for the Centre for Southern Folklore. After returning to Wales, Barnie became the editor of the magazine Planet: The Welsh Internationalist from 1990-2006. Barnie is a prolific poet and writer and has published several collections of poetry, works of fiction, and collections of essays, one of which, The King of Ashes, won a Welsh Arts Council Prize for Literature in 1990. His collection Trouble in Heaven was long listed for Wales Book of the Year 2008. He has also performed in a number of bilingual blues and poetry groups.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
John Barnie, Aberystwyth, February 2017
Content and structure area
Scope and content
The collection consists of personal, literary, and editorial correspondence, including correspondence from various poets and literary figures from Wales and other countries, and related papers, 1970-2017; literary contracts, agreements, and statements, 1971-2016; typescripts for published works, 1986-[c.1998]; papers relating to poetry readings, conferences, and events, 1995-2007; press cuttings and reviews, 1974-[c.2012]; papers relating to various music and poetry groups, 1999-2015; and diary notes, 1978-1985.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
All records have been retained.
Accruals are expected.
System of arrangement
Arranged in three groups, in keeping with the order in which the papers were originally organised by John Barnie: Correspondence and related papers; Literary works; and Press, performances, and events.
Conditions of access and use area
Conditions governing access
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 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation 2018 in relation to any processing by them of personal data obtained from modern records held at the Library.
Conditions governing reproduction
Usual copyright laws apply.
Language of material
Script of material
Language and script notes
Mainly English, Welsh, and Danish; with some Swedish, Spanish, Turkish, Lithuanian, German, Dutch, French, Hungarian, Swahili, and Icelandic
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
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Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related units of description
Title based on contents of fonds.
A CD sent with a letter by Tony Stringfellow (2010); a CD sent with a letter by Anders Bune, ([c.2000] x [c.2010]); and a CD titled 'Fotos Poesie International' (2005), are currently uncatalogued.
Some papers containing sensitive personal information have been removed. Documents that have been redacted are represented by purple pages.
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Rules and/or conventions used
This description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2; and LCSH.
Level of detail
Dates of creation revision deletion
Description compiled by Lucie Hobson. The following sources were used in the compilation of this record: contents of fonds; Barnie, John, Footfalls in the Silence: a memoir (Blaenau Ffestiniog, 2014).