Newcastle University acquired the archive of Bloodaxe Books in 2013, an archive dating back to 1978 and the beginnings of this internationally-important poetry publisher. The collection will be added to on a recurrent basis for as long as Bloodaxe Books continues to publish.
The archive includes typescripts, page-proofs, design materials and correspondence relating to Bloodaxe publications since 1978. Among the many authors represented in the collection are Tony Harrison, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Denise Levertov, Roy Fisher, and Gillian Allnutt. Much of this material has been digitised and made available on the Bloodaxe Archive interface, which also includes original poems, artwork and critical work produced in response to materials in the collection.
The Bloodaxe Archive is open for research. A collection level description is available at Archives Hub. Readers wishing to consult the collection in person at the University Library Special Collections may complete our request form. Further information about Special Collections, including accessibility and opening hours, can be found here.