Newnham College launches alumnae literary archive
11th February 2011
A college at the University of Cambridge has established a new literary archive to hold the writings of its former students.
The archive will be launched at Newnham College today in a ceremony attended by novelist Sarah Dunant, biographer Claire Tomalin and Persephone Books founder Nicola Beauman, all graduates of the women-only college.
Around 30 authors have already contributed to the collection, giving original manuscripts, letters, photographs and memoirs - including the typed draft of Beauman's A Very Great Profession, which examines the rise of women's fiction in the 1920s and 1930s.
Newnham College principal Dame Patricia Hodgson commented: 'Newnham wants to celebrate the achievements of its writers by inviting them to contribute something of their creative work towards a literary archive.'
She added that the archive should act as a source of inspiration for current and future Newnham students to encourage them to follow careers in journalism and writing.
Literary luminaries who graduated from Newnham include Iris Murdoch, A.S. Byatt, Margaret Drabble, Jessica Mann and Rosemary Anne Sisson.