ANW logo

Archives Network Wales

Search the collections:        Search help | Advanced search   | Browse by repository

Browse the indices: Combined(searchable) Personal names Corporate names Places Subjects



[New to Archives?]

[Family history]

[Admin menu]

List of repositories  |  List of collections at National Library of Wales  |  Repository home page  |  Contact details

National Library of Wales
Bielski, Alison, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 ALISKI

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Alison Bielski Papers

Short Title: Bielski, Alison, papers

Creation date(s): 1939-2002

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.126 cubic metres (14 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Alison Bielski


Administrative/Biographical history: The poet Alison Bielski (b. 1925) has published numerous anthologies and has regularly contributed to magazines, periodicals and other publications. Much of her work draws on Welsh folklore and mythology and some of her experimental visual poetry has been exhibited in Wales and abroad. She has won numerous prizes for her work.
Born in Newport, Monmouthshire, she worked as a secretary with various industrial companies and in the British Red Cross in Cardiff. From 1969 to 1974 she was an honorary joint secretary of the English-language section of Yr Academi Gymreig.
Her anthologies include Twentieth Century Flood (1964), Across the Burning Sand (1970), Monogrampoems (1971), Eve (1973), Mermaid Poems (1974), The Lovetree (1974), Seth (1980), Night Sequence (1981), and Eagles (1983). In addition, her work has been published in a number of periodicals such as the London Welshman , Anglo-Welsh Review and Poetry Wales . She has also published several booklets on local history, including Flower Legends of Wales (1974), Tales and Traditions of Tenby (1981) and The Story of St Mellons (1985).


Scope and content/abstract: Literary papers, 1964-1995, juvenilia, 1939-1942, and journals, 1966-1994, of Alison Bielski, together with her work journals, 1995-2002.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged at NLW in two groups: literary papers and work journals.

Conditions governing access: This accrual is not available until 20 years after the donor's death. Restrictions have also been placed on previous accruals of journals. Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright laws apply

Finding aids:


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All papers donated to NLW have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are likely.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited and later donated by Alison Bielski, Cardiff, October 1974, December 1980, June 1981, November 1983, August 1985, March 1989, January 1995, January 2003.


Related material: Audio tapes of poetry are held in the National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales, and duplicate slides of concrete and visual experimental poetry are in NLW Special Collections (PG 5940).


Archivist's note: Compiled by Richard Burman, Barbara Davies and Ann Francis Evans.
The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Meic Stephens (ed.), The Oxford Companion to the Literature of Wales (Oxford, 1986).

Rules or conventions: This description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2; and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: March 2003 and February 2013.

Bielski, Alison J. | Archives
Women poets | 20th century

Personal names
Bielski , Alison J.

Corporate names


List of repositories  |  List of collections at National Library of Wales  |  Repository home page  |  Contact details