File NLW MS 24013i-iiD. - John Tripp papers

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Reference code

NLW MS 24013i-iiD.


John Tripp papers


  • [1967]-[1975] (Creation)

Level of description


Extent and medium

v, 171 ff.

Placed in melinex sleeves within two ringed boxes at NLW.

Context area

Name of creator

Biographical history

John Tripp (1927-1986) from Bargoed, Glamorgan, journalist and poet, worked at the BBC and as Press Officer at the Indonesian Embassy and information officer at the Central Office of Information in London during the 1960s. After returning to Wales in 1969 he became a freelance journalist and was the literary editor of Planet from 1973 until 1980. He wrote poems and short stories, including The Province of Belief, The Inheritance File and Collected Poems.

Archival history

The papers were retained by Fay Williams, who had been Tripp's girlfriend (c. 1970-1974).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Fay Cornes (née Williams); Dalkeith; Donation; August 2010; 006038976.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Literary papers of John Tripp, [1967]-[1975], comprising manuscript and typescript poetry (ff. 1-26, 28-116, 130-151, 166-171), short stories (ff. 117-118, 152-153) and scripts for radio plays (ff. 119-129, 154-165).
The poetry includes original manuscript and typescript working sheets (ff. 1-26), photocopies of published poems (ff. 166-171), fair typescript copies (typed by Fay Williams) and photocopies of original typescripts (typed by John Tripp) of poems, seventy-two mainly unpublished (ff. 28-100), and twenty-one published in The Meaning of Apricot Sponge: Selected writings of John Tripp, ed. by Tony Curtis (Cardigan, 2010) (ff. 130-151), and a series of twelve poems entitled 'Intervals of Heat', mainly unpublished (ff. 101-116). The short story 'Ferret and Weasel' (ff. 152-153) and the verse play for radio 'The Seed of Dismemberment' (ff. 154-165) were published in The Meaning of Apricot Sponge, while 'Confessions of an English Tutor' and 'Sketches from Provincial Love' (ff. 117-129) remain unpublished. Also included is a letter to Tripp from Meic Stephens, 9 September 1968 (f. 6 verso), and a draft letter from Tripp to John Stuart Williams, 2 April 1969 (f. 27). A list of the contents, compiled by the donor, [?2010], is also included (ff. i-v).

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

Donor's original order retained.

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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 1998 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. Information regarding the ownership of John Tripp copyright can be found at (viewed January 2011).

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

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Finding aids

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Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

See also NLW, John Tripp Papers, which include various drafts of 'The Seed of Dismemberment' (53/1-3) and of some of the poetry, and the originals of the photocopies on ff. 166-167, 169-171; and NLW MS 20790E.

Related descriptions

Publication note

The Meaning of Apricot Sponge: Selected writings of John Tripp, ed. by Tony Curtis (Cardigan, 2010).

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Title based on contents.


Preferred citation: NLW MS 24013i-iiD.

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Description identifier

Institution identifier

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

Rules and/or conventions used

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


Level of detail

Dates of creation revision deletion

January 2011.


  • English



Archivist's note

Description compiled by Rhys Morgan Jones.

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