Document Reference NumberST/15/11
TitlePapers relating to commissioned pieces written for a variety of newspapers and magazines.
DescriptionHolograph drafts, typescripts, galley proofs, letters and published material .

Originally held in a folder marked 'Journalism', the file includes the following articles: 'Desert Island Books' written in Dec 1984 for 'Wiplash' , a magazine promoting women in publishing (/1); 'Princess Michael's Diary of a Minor Royal' produced in June 1985 for 'Tomorrow Magazine' (/2); 'Why I Love England' written for 'The Daily Mail in 1985 (/3); a diary review for 'The Observer' (ST/15/11/4); an unknown commission entitled 'The Secret Diary of Pandora Braithwaite aged 18 1/4' (/5); 'The Sunday Times' G.C.S.E challenge in which Sue Townsend was invited by the newspaper to sit an English exam containing questions related to 'The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole' (/6); an untitled article on Christmas food produced for 'Family Circle' magazine and written in the voice of Adrian Mole (/7); a sketch written for the 'Official Secrets Ball' held in Dec 1986 in aid of 'The Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom' and 'The 'Campaign for Freedom of Information' (/8); an article for 'The Sunday Times' about a holiday in Majorca (/9); an article entitled 'Writing for Television' commissioned by 'TV Times' in June 1988 (/10); copy for the 'Guardian' newspaper on the author's trip to Russia with fellow writers Paul Bailey, Alan Bennet, Timothy Mo and Christopher Hope (/11); an untitled article for the Christmas Arts Special of 'Marxism Today' featuring recommendations for children's books (/12); untitled copy for 'The Nursing Times' recounting several periods spent in hospital and commenting on the general state of the National Health Service (/13); an untitled article about dog excrement, designed to act as some light relief amid more serious articles about toxic waste and deforestation in a special edition of 'The Sunday Times Magazine' focusing on environmental issues (/14); open letter penned by the author on the occasion of Margaret Thatcher's sixty-fifth birthday and published by 'The Observer' (/15); article entitled 'Battle of Bosworth Field' recounting a day spent on the Bosworth Walk commissioned by 'The Observer' (/16); and an undated piece produced for 'The Oldie' about Elvis Presley (/17).
DateDec 1984-Sep 1990
Extent17 bundles
ArrangementThe papers were originally held in separate envelopes and placed in chronological within a large file labelled 'Journalism', now discarded. This order has been retained, atthough the envelopes have been removed and replaced with archival folders.
AccessStatusAvailable for general access
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