We are delighted to announce that the award winning comedy writer, actor and best selling novelist, Charlie Higson, has deposited his archive on loan at UEA. The formal announcement coincided with his UEA talk on Ian Fleming and the creation of Young Bond during the crime writing festival, Noirwich. An exhibition of his manuscripts, showing the creation of Young Bond, previewed at Noirwich and was later exhibited within UEA's Library more here.
Charlie Higson studied English and Film Studies at UEA from 1977, meeting comedy partner, Paul Whitehouse, and another fellow comedy writer, Dave Cummings, in his first year. Together they formed a punk band, Right Hand Lovers. Higson and Whitehouse later lived together in London where they began writing comedy together initially for others, including Harry Enfield, before creating the Fast Show in the 1990s - a landmark in TV comedy - which attracted a cult following. Also included in the material are early drafts, manuscripts and correspondence relating to his many other fiction and comedy projects including the phenomenally successful Young Bond series and the bestselling The Enemy series.
We are delighted to be the custodian of such a diverse and rich collection. Higson has written fiction since the age of 10 and the archive contains many unrealised projects (fiction and comedy) as well as the early drafts of his most successful works. Higson has retained records including correspondence, photographs, production notes and manuscripts.
A glimpse of material can be found further below via our Flickr gallery and on the Guardian Website. The collection will be catalogued over the coming year.
For further information about the archive please contact the Literary Archivist, Justine Mann, e: firstname.lastname@example.org p: 01603 59 3483.