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Kevin Roberts fonds. - 196[9]-1989. - 7.5 m of textual record and graphic material.

Biographical Sketch

Kevin Roberts was born in Adelaide, Australia in 1940. He completed a B.A. in English, History and Education from Adelaide University in 1961. After moving to Canada in 1965, he taught school briefly in British Columbia and then studied at Simon Fraser University where he received his M.A. in 1968. Roberts began doctoral studies on "the indigenous figure in Canadian and Australian literature" at the University of London, then returned to Canada and began teaching creative writing at Malaspina College in Nanaimo, British Columbia. Poet, playwright and novelist, Roberts has published several books of poetry, including Cariboo Fishing Notes (1973), S'Ney'mos (1980), Stonefish (1982) and Nanoose Bay Suite (1984), several books of short stories, and a novel Tears in a Glass Eye (1989). His Red Centre Journal (1992) culminated in an exhibit of poetry, prose and photographs at the Madrona Centre of poetry in 1989. Among his dramatic works produced for television, radio, film and stage, Black Apples (a series of voice poems on the history of Nanaimo) was produced as a play in 1990. Roberts's literary activities include publishing True North/Down Under, a journal of Australian and Canadian literature, 1983-1986.

Scope and Content

The Kevin Roberts fonds includes correspondence with colleagues and friends; manuscripts and typescripts of Roberts's published and unpublished poems, short stories, plays and their reviews: Flash Harry and the Daughter of Divine Light, The Pure Wound, Black Apples, Nanoose Bay Suite; also manuscripts, correspondence, and galley proofs for the journal True North/Down Under issues 1-3; and 39 panels of photographs, poetry and prose from the Red Centre Journal exhibit.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: received from Kevin Roberts in two installments. [1985-10, 1989-19]

Language: material in the fonds is in English.

Restrictions: restrictions on correspondence.

Finding Aid: preliminary finding aid available.

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