British Archive for Contemporary Writing British Archive for Contemporary Writing

The British Archive for Contemporary Writing (BACW) builds on the University’s international reputation for creative writing, the status of Norwich as a UNESCO City of Literature, and UEA’s strong links with writers of world renown through its international literary festivals and links with the British Centre for Literary Translation and the National Centre for Writing based in Norwich.

Our collections are available to students and scholars and to interested members of the public by prior arrangement.

UPDATE: Please note we are not accepting visitors to our collections until further notice. We will deal with queries remotely. Please address them via email: and we will respond as soon as possible.

Latest news: We're sharing recordings from the UEA Literary Festival during these difficult months. Visit or follow via Twitter

Recent news: In 2019, we celebrated Doris Lessing's centenary with an international conference and exhibition of her vast archive of correspondence. More...

We are excited to announce that Lee Child has deposited his archive at UEA. Click here for more.

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