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Durham University News



Literary tribute to Richard Caddel

(27 October 2003)

The Basil Bunting Poetry Centre at the University of Durham is supporting a Memorial Reading for Richard Caddel, poet and co-founder of the Centre.

The tribute to his activities in the literary world and a launch for his final book Writing in the Dark, partly written when he was on a visiting fellowship in Japan, between his early retirement in April 2000 and premature death in April 2003 will take place at the Music School, Palace Green, on Friday 7 November at 7.30 p.m., and will include music and visual displays.

Organised by Colpitts Poetry, which he also helped to found, the four readers Tony Baker, Lee Harwood, Geraldine Monk and Harriet Tarlo will be introduced by Alan Halsey.

Ric, a former member of staff at the University of Durham, died of leukaemia in 2003. Among his own literary interests and accomplishments, Ric was the editor of Pig Press from 1972 to 2001, and served on the Editorial Board of the journal Sagetrieb. He was co-editor of the anthology Other: British and Irish Poetry since 1970, and author of several collection of poems, including Magpie Words: Selected Poems 1970-2000, published by West House Books.

For more information contact: 0191 334 2576.

Notes to Editors

The Basil Bunting Poetry Archive was established in 1988 in the University Library, and the Basil Bunting Poetry Centre associated with it. Ric continued as Co-Director of the Centre after retiring in 2000 as an Assistant Librarian in the Library, where he had worked since 1972.

The Centre fosters study and research on Northumbrian poet Basil Bunting, and on poets associated with him through the region, or on the modernist/post modernist tradition. The Centre also continues to promote the practice of "live" poetry reading which Bunting championed, and gives support to the development of the Bunting Archive. The material is held in Durham University Library's Archives and Special Collections at Palace Green. The collection, formally opened by the University’s then Chancellor, Dame Margot Fonteyn, includes manuscripts, printed material, photographs, recordings and films relating to Bunting.

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