Life and work of bestselling author Sue Townsend celebrated in new exhibition

Posted by ap507 at Sep 04, 2014 10:30 AM |
Exhibition in memory of Leicester author Sue Townsend running until 4 January 2015
Life and work of bestselling author Sue Townsend celebrated in new exhibition

Sue Townsend on a previous visit to the University of Leicester

The literary career of Leicester author Sue Townsend, who passed away on 10 April 2014 aged 68, will be celebrated in a public exhibition running from 5 September 2014 to 4 January 2015 in the basement of the David Wilson Library during staffed opening hours.

The exhibition will commemorate the life and work of Townsend, whose Adrian Mole books have delighted readers of all ages since their first publication in 1982, and will include photographs, manuscripts and other archive material.

Dr Simon Dixon, the University’s Digital Humanities and Special Collections Manager, said: “Sue Townsend was one of the most popular British authors of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, and it is a great honour for the University of Leicester to hold her literary papers.

“The exhibition tells the story of her remarkable literary career, and showcases the richness of the archive as a research resource. As well as encouraging visitors to the Library to re-read the much loved Adrian Mole books, I hope that it will also help them to discover Townsend's lesser known books and plays for the first time.”

Items on display will include Townsend's handwritten pages from the original draft manuscript of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole; illustrator Caroline Holden's original artwork for the Adrian Mole books; what are believed to be Townsend's first ever published articles from the Eyres Monsell and Saffron Community News; and a page of Ian Dury's lyrics for the stage production of The Queen and I.

For more information about the University's extensive collections of rare books, manuscripts, historical photographs, engraved portrait prints and personal archives visit the Special Collections website.