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The John Rylands Research Institute

Research forum

Find out how the exceptional collections of the John Rylands Library are shaping research, in this monthly series of informal lunchtime talks.

From the 1940's blitz to late antique Egypt and Lakeland poets the Institute gives you the opportunity to get up close to the discoveries researchers have made, and the truths they’ve picked apart, with 30 minutes of short talks from senior and junior scholars and Library staff, followed by 30 minutes of discussion.

The Research Forum takes place in the Christie Room at the John Rylands Library, from 12pm to 1pm. Entry is free and open to all - just turn up on the day.

Upcoming talks

Join us for the following discussions: 

2 May

'Unlocking the Archive of Anvil Press'

Anvil Press was founded in 1968 by Peter Jay, who remained its director until his retirement from publishing in 2015. With a focus on modern poetry in English and poetry in translation from all periods, Jay built up a prestigious list of international significance, featuring work by writers as diverse as celebrated translator Michael Hamburger, Chinese dissident poet Bei Dao, Irish poet Dennis O’Driscoll, current Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, and many others.

Although 2015 saw the end of Anvil Press as a distinct operation, it also marked a new beginning: Anvil’s list was taken on by Manchester-based Carcanet Press to form what has been hailed as a ‘Northern world-poetry powerhouse’. In 2016, the Library acquired the later part of the Anvil Archive – covering the last thirty years – and this now lives alongside the archive of Carcanet Press. The presses have overlapping histories, and this talk will provide an introduction to the Anvil Archive, which is in the process of being listed, and explore some of the synergies between this and the archive of Carcanet Press. 

Fran Baker, Archivist, University of Manchester Library and Dr Florence Impens, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, John Rylands Research Institute