New Wilfrid Wilson Gibson Material

During the Christmas holidays I had the pleasure of collecting a major donation of Wilfrid Wilson Gibson material from Mr John Chirgwin. Gibson is one of the Dymock Poets and hails from Hexham in Northumberland, where fate had it I was on my way to, with both myself and Mr Chirgwin originally from the area.


Some of Gibson’s published works

The donation of all but four of Gibson’s published works includes his personal copy of Highland Dawn, some rare first and inscribed editions, and some American copies we did not previously house in the collection here. There is also some insightful ephemera including contemporary articles on Gibson and features from the local newspaper the Hexham Courant. This donation makes our Gibson collection one of the most comprehensive in the country.

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Steel Rigg – Part of the Northumbrian countryside that inspired Gibson 

Book-based material is now available to search on the University’s library catalogue, with the ephemera on our archive catalogue.


Delighted that John Chirgwin made this generous donation to the Dymock Poets Archive! Thanks to John, and to Louise for her “logistical support” and cataloguing.
Happy New Year!
Richard Simkin, Chair: Friends of the Dymock Poets

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