Sue Townsend Archive

This collection contains the the literary, personal and business papers of the bestselling author and playwright, Sue Townsend (1946-2014), the creator of the Adrian Mole.

Secret Diary
First page of the original manuscript of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4.

The Sue Townsend Archive contains a wealth of material documenting Sue Townsend's entire literary career, from successful early plays such as Womberang (1979) to more recent novels including Number 10 (2002), Queen Camilla (2006) and the later Mole diaries.

The literary papers consist of correspondence with publishers, agents and contemporary writers; drafts, notebooks and research material relating to her books, plays and screeplays; and material relating to her contributions to newspapers and magazines. The collection also contains personal papers including family photographs, letters and ephemera; and business papers relating to Sue Townsend Ltd, including accounts, contracts and royalty statements.

The Sue Townsend Archive can be searched on the through the Special Collections section of the Library Catalogue. To search the archive select 'Sue Townsend Collection' in the collections field and enter search terms in the words or phrase box.

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