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Doug Beardsley fonds
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Acquisition (2015-078)

The series consist of manuscripts, drafts, and typescripts for a Rain Song, Swimming With Turtles, Play on the Water, Going Down in History, The Only Country in the World, Kissing the Body of My Lord, For the Love of Hockey, A Dancing Star, and a variety of poems. There are book reviews for A Dancing Star, Pacific Sand, and Wrestling with Angels. The series also includes incoming and outgoing correspondence between Beardsley and various friends, fellow writers, and acquaintances. There are Beardsley’s journals and diaries that he kept from 1969 to 2015, and reviews written by Beardsley for the Times Colonist Victoria from 1979-1993. Finally, there are also poetry reading promotions and photographs.

Acquisition (2017-050)

The series consists for correspondence between Beardsley and Peter Newman, Jean Baird, Jeremy Kinsman, and the Greater Victoria Public library. There is also birthday preparations for Beardsley’s 75th birthday, his C.V. which lists his scholarly papers and academic achievements, and an event flyer for the Canadian Council for the Arts. Series also includes a mixture of manuscripts and transcripts of a variety of poems and short stories. There are also handwritten brainstorming notes on hotel paper and airplane bags as well as also subject research mostly made up of Wikipedia articles.

Acquisition (2017-074)

The series consists of correspondence between Beardsley and Jeremy Kinsman, the planning, drafts, research, and edits for Beardsley's memoir Creation of a Unicorn, the Essay Transcendental Al, some poetry, and his essay Why We Are/Who We Are. The series also consists of Beardsley's Notebooks.

Acquisition (2018-077)

The accrual consists of drafts of poetry, research materials and correspondence from 2018. Also includes a small collection of letters from Aldous Huxley, Julian Huxley, Harley Granville-Barker, John Masefield, J. B. Priestley, Hugh Walpole, Henry Drummond and Seán O'Casey.

Acquisition (2019-097)

The accrual consists of drafts and correspondence dating from 2015-2019. Includes journal-notebooks, 2015-2019; poetry and poetry drafts and appropriate research; letters from Stephanie McKenzie and Jeremy Kinsman; samples of editing of Lin's first novel; Champlain's manuscript: drafts and research materials; mentor manuscript: chapter 7, drafts and research on Peter Newman; mentor manuscript: chapter 9, drafts and research on Monsignor Peter Wilkinson.

Acquisition (2020-048)

The accrual consists of drafts and correspondence dating from 2018-2020. Includes Caribbean notebook, January 2018; poetry drafts and related research; letters; chapter for mentor memoir on Robin Skelton, drafts; final copy and earlier drafts of unpublished essay "Literature and the Pandemic".

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