Jamie Andrews
Jamie heads the English and Drama department at the British Library, and has non-executive and other collaborative experience in the cultural and Higher Education sectors. Jamie works on a number of digitisation and born-digital research projects, including a major collaborative European project on the First World War. His research interests include 20th Century drama and the History of Collecting, and recent publications include ‘A Cornelian Cold War?’, in Andrew Hammond (ed.), Cold War Literatures: Western, Eastern and Postcolonial Perspectives (London: Routledge, 2011), and ‘Harold Pinter’, in Steve Nicholson (ed.), The 1960s: Modern British Playwrighting: Voices, Documents, New Interpretations (London: Methuen, 2012).

In 2012, he was selected as a Fellow on the Clore Leadership Programme, established to develop cultural leaders across all art forms.

Entries by Jamie Andrews

Remembering Beverly Berger

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 5:36 AM

I think it will be necessary for you to come before the cold really sets in. The archive boxes are not stored in heated spaces! Email from Beverly Berger, 2006

This month the British Library will open the John Berger archive to the public: hundreds of boxes of...

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Literature Is a Library

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 7:00 PM

"Literature is a library", writes John Sutherland in the preface to his new book, How to be Well Read. If it's a library, it's a vast, almost infinite space; or, more specifically, two millions works 'stored dustily in the British Library vaults', according to Sutherland's estimate. Sutherland's 'guide...

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'Never Anything but Kindness': George Saunders, Folio Prize Winner

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2014 | 8:38 AM

Like many people gathered at the St Pancras Hotel last week for the inaugural Folio Prize awards, I was delighted when Lavinia Greenlaw, chair of the Jury, announced George Saunders as the winner. The Prize was set up (in the aftermath of the supposed 2011 Booker...

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'Stress and the Strain': Personal Memories, National Narratives, and the First World War

(2) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 8:06 AM

My granddad died a year ago. We've been clearing out his papers.

Like so many men of his generation (he was born in 1921), his early adult life was cut around the events of the Second World War. And, like many of his generation, his was not the first experience...

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The Music From the Balconies...

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2013 | 4:39 AM

The Music from the Balconies Nearby Was Overlaid by the Noise of Sporadic Acts of Violence.

These lines, by J G Ballard, overlay a 1984 painting by Ed Ruscha, part of the Artist Rooms bequest jointly owned by National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. The painting is of...

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'Not Google Waving, but Drowning?': Digital Literary Archives

(2) Comments | Posted January 9, 2013 | 6:00 PM

In letters sold by Sotheby's in 2008, science-fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke wrote:

When, eighteen years ago, I started moonlighting at Time-Life on 2001: A Space
Odyssey, the original artefact was a messy MS [manuscript], which had at least been touched by a human hand. What's the going rate...

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Seascapes: Dark Paintings and Poems

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2012 | 12:03 PM

Talking at the Cheltenham Literature Festival last week about the richly dialectical relationship between literature and landscapes - a panel born from the British Library's London Festival 2012 exhibition, 'Writing Britain' -, it was clear that (even in landlocked Cheltenham) there is an especial fascination with...

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John Berger: Art and Property Now

(0) Comments | Posted September 21, 2012 | 12:18 PM

Two weeks ago, strange coded messages hummed along the wires between the Inigo Rooms, King's College London's new exhibition space in Somerset House, and the British Library in St Pancras.

RH band confirmation.. nanometre wavelengths... lux levels. Readings eagerly exchanged on a twice-daily basis...not forgetting the dispatch of 12mm...

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As Summer Finally Shows Up

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2012 | 7:34 AM

Fog everywhere. Fog up the river, where it flows among green aits and meadows; fog down the river, where it rolls defiled among the tiers of shipping and the waterside pollutions of a great (and dirty) city
Charles Dickens, Bleak House

Summer finally shows up, London blazes under cloudless...

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You Can Tell the Olympics Are Coming

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2012 | 7:00 PM

In advance of the Olympic torch being trundled round the streets of Haringey (in North London, where I live), the road engineers have been busy. For the past few weeks, all traffic has been diverted, and a shiny new road surface laid down on the torch route up and over...

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