Fonds GB 0210 NIALLGRIFF - Niall Griffiths Papers

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Niall Griffiths Papers


  • 1962-2018 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

17 large boxes; 5 small boxes (0.538 cubic metres)

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Name of creator


Biographical history

Niall Griffiths (1966- ) is a writer of novels, short stories, poems, articles, guidebooks and media scripts. He was born in Liverpool and lived in Australia for three years as a child, but has lived most of his life near Aberystwyth. He grew up in a family with strong Welsh connections, and much of his work is set in Wales. As a young boy, Griffiths was inspired by the Rhondda writer Ron Berry, and his difficult experiences while growing up convinced him of the importance of education and also fuelled a desire in him to portray the underside of society in unromantic, spiritual and politically conscious writing. After spending some time in menial jobs, Griffiths took a degree in English and was accepted for a PhD scholarship in poetry at Aberystwyth, which he did not complete; he later disowned work that he did at this time, saying that he needed to unlearn much of his academic education. His writing continued, however, and his interest in the disaffected margins of society in rural Wales led to his first novel, Grits, which was published in 2000 to widespread critical acclaim. His later work followed similar themes, and in 2003 Stump won awards as both the Welsh Books Council Book of the Year and the Arts Council of Wales Book of the Year. His work is intense, uncompromising and often employs challenging language - whether outspoken, vernacular or profane - and it has attracted much admiration while also alienating some readers. Niall Griffiths has been in demand as a contributor to many journals, festivals and workshops, writing about a wide range of subjects, and he is an honorary professor at Wolverhampton University.

Archival history

Niall Griffiths's papers remained in his possession until they were purchased by the Library.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Rogers, Coleridge and White Ltd, Literary Agents, London; Purchase; March 2010; 004968970
Professor Niall Griffiths, Aberystwyth; Purchase; August 2018; 995573802419.

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Scope and content

Literary papers of Niall Griffiths, 1962-2018, comprising material relating to all aspects of his career as a writer, and in particular the conception, research, writing and publication of his books, short stories, poems, articles and media scripts.

The archive contains language which some readers may find offensive. While much of Niall Griffiths's work does not employ such language, its use is integral to his writing style.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

All papers received by NLW have been retained, with the exception of some printed duplicates which have been removed.


Accruals are possible.

System of arrangement

Arranged largely as found. Niall Griffiths kept most of the papers roughly in order, and he tended to group the material relating to each of his major published works separately, but many of his other notes are jumbled together; this order has been retained, except in a few instances where a small amount of stray material has been moved to a more appropriate location within the archive.

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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 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. Information regarding copyright permissions for the works of Niall Griffiths can be found on the Writers Artists and Their Copyright Holders website WATCH ( (viewed August 2023).

Language of material

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • Croatian
  • Danish
  • English
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Irish
  • Kalaallisut
  • Polish
  • Swedish
  • Welsh

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Language and script notes

English with some Welsh, Croatian, French, Polish, Kalaallisut, Danish, Irish, Chinese, Swedish, Finnish, Arabic and German.

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Related units of description

Other papers of Niall Griffiths are: John Barnie Papers A1/18; Gwyneth Lewis Papers BB/16 and BB/17; and Sgriptiau BBC Scripts (Rhodd 2019 Donation) R10/1039/28.

A box containing VHS tapes, CDs, audio cassettes, a DVD and an audio pack has been transferred to the National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales.

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Publication note

Information about publications based on parts of the archive is given at the appropriate level of description.

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Title supplied from contents


Preferred citation: Niall Griffiths Papers


Two cardboard disk boxes of digital archival material comprising 23 floppy disks are currently uncatalogued.

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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



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Dates of creation revision deletion

August 2023


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by David Moore. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: conversations with Niall Griffiths, and papers within the archive.

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