On Friday 5 October there will be an exhibition at Exeter Central Library to celebrate the acquisition of the Ronald Duncan Archive by the University of Exeter. A poet and playwright, Duncan lived at Welcombe in north Devon all his writing life. The display will include manuscripts and photographs of material from the archive that shows his friendship with poets T.S. Eliot and Ezra Pound, his meeting with Rabindranath Tagore, and his working friendship with Benjamin Britten.
The Ronald Duncan Literary Foundation have generously supported Exeter Poetry Festival. This year, we’re happy to have the opportunity to showcase some of their work, and give people a taster of the fantastic archive hosted by the University of Exeter.
At 7.30pm on Friday 5 October the Ronald Duncan reading will take place at Exeter Central Library. Poets Fiona Benson and Anthony Wilson will read from their work.
Ronald Duncan’s literary archive of manuscripts, journals, letters and photographs is held within Special Collections at the University of Exeter. It provides a fascinating insight into the life and work of a West Country writer and is open for readers to research and discover first-hand, documents relating to post nineteen-thirties literary and popular culture. Please arrange visits in advance through the University Library.
The Ronald Duncan Literary Foundation (RDLF) is a charity that supports literary and cultural events in the South West.