Guide to the Sceptre Press Papers, 1959-1984

Collection number: MC 62
Size: 15 boxes (5.00 cu.ft.)

About Sceptre Press (est. 1969) and Martin Booth (1944-2004)

The Sceptre Press, owned by Martin Booth, began at Frensham, Surrey, England in 1969. Later it moved to Rushden, Northamptonshire, but for the major part of its existence it was in Knotting, Bedfordshire. Its first publication was a broadside of a poem by Alan Brownjohn entitled “Being a Garoon” (100 copies were printed). More broadsides followed, and in late 1970 the press published its first booklet, “A Crow Hymn,” by Ted Hughes. In 1979 an anthology appeared, Decadal: Ten Years of Sceptre Press Poetry. The press ceased operation in 1981, but in 1984 the rights to the name “Sceptre Press” were purchased by Nora Aldridge.

Martin Booth (1944-2004) was born in Lancashire, England and was educated at the King George V School in Hong Kong (1960-1964). After graduation, he tried his hand at many different pursuits. In addition to running Sceptre Press and writing poetry and literary criticism, Booth’s curriculum vita (taken from an interview he conducted in 1999 with the King George V School) includes being a legal clerk, a long-distance lorry driver, a wine waiter in a classy hotel, a student at the University of London reading Natural Sciences, a trainee teacher (at Trent Park College of Education, Barnet, Hertfordshire), a laborer digging the Victoria line underground tunnel system, a journalist in Vietnam (during the war), a school teacher (of English), an Oxford don teaching comparative literature as a fellow of St. Peter’s College, a head of faculty (English) and head of the VIth Form at an English high school, and a fellow at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He also, in his own words, “wrote two atrocious novels, children’s TV plays and, later, wildlife documentaries,” before resigning from teaching and devoting himself full-time to writing.

His books of poetry include The Crying Embers (1971), Coronis (1973), Brevities (1974), Snath (1975), The Knotting Sequence (1977), and Devils’ Wine (1980). After this last, Booth discontinued writing poetry, turning instead to prose. He produced a prodigious number of books – novels, children’s books, nonfiction works, and biography, as well as continuing to edit. His works include Bad Track (1980), Bismarck (1980), Killing the Moscs (1985), Hiroshima Joe (1985), Carpet Sahib: A Life of Jim Corbett (1987), The Jade Pavilion (1987), Chameleon (1988), Dreaming of Samarkand (1989), The Triads (1991), The Humble Disciple (1992), Book of Cats (1992)(co-edited with George Macbeth), Toys of Glass (1995), War Dog (1997), Opium: A History (1998), The Industry of Souls (1999), The Dragon Syndicates (2000), The Doctor, the Detective and Arthur Conan Doyle: A Biography of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (2000), and Panther (2001).

About the Sceptre Press Papers

The Sceptre Press Collection was purchased between the mid-1970s and 1986. It consists of over 6000 letters, the vast majority of them to Martin Booth, proprietor, spanning the years 1965-1984. Correspondents include W.H. Auden, Robert Bly, Brigid Brophy, Alan Brownjohn, Robert Creeley, Cid Corman, Michael Hamburger, William Heyen, Ted Hughes, George MacBeth, Christopher Middleton, Peter Redgrove, Alan Sillitoe, and William Stafford. Also included with the collection are fifty representative publications of the Sceptre Press, mostly small poetry pamphlets. The last three boxes in the collection are personal correspondence, short prose, and stories/documentaries written for television production.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open, except for Box 13 Folders 5-7, which are sealed until 2025.

Copyright Notice

Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], [Folder], [Box], Sceptre Press Papers, 1959-1984, MC 62, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

  • Purchases: Martin Booth, August 3, 1981 and June 5, 1985; Bert Babcock, February 15, 1982 (Accession numbers: 8113, 8160, 8485)
  • Donations: William B. Ewert, October 28, 1981 and July 7, 1986; Martin Booth, November 29, 1982 (Accession numbers: 8134, 8230, 865)

Collection Contents

Series 1: Correspondence, 1959-1984

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1Michael Abbott [editor], 1981-1982 and undated (5)
Box 1, Folder 2Sigmund Abeles [artist], 1979 (1), Dannie Abse [poet/critic], 1967-1969 (13), and Fleur Adcock [poet], 1969 (1); Ada Aharoni, 1975 (1)
Box 1, Folder 3Nora Aldridge [proprietor of Hawthorn Books], 1981-1982 (22)
Box 1, Folder 4Nora Aldridge, 1983 (27)
Box 1, Folder 5Nora Aldridge, 1984 (21)
Box 1, Folder 6Nora Aldridge, undated (18)
Box 1, Folder 7Tony Aldridge [proprietor of Hawthorn Books], 1984 (2), Martin Amis [novelist and son of Kingsley Amis, literary editor of The New Statesman], 1978 (1), Patrick Anderson [poet/novelist/critic], 1970-1975 (4), and Lyman Andrews [poet/critic, University of Leicester], 1972 (1)
Box 1, Folder 8Michael Armstrong, 1970-1971 [poet/publisher] (18)
Box 1, Folder 9Michael Armstrong, 1972 (16)
Box 1, Folder 10Michael Armstrong, 1973 (33)
Box 1, Folder 11Michael Armstrong, 1974 (13)
Box 1, Folder 12Michael Armstrong, 1975-1978 (14)
Box 1, Folder 13Neil Astley [poet/editor/publisher], 1979-1984 (20)
Box 1, Folder 14W. H. Auden [poet], undated (2), and Leo Aylen [poet/broadcaster], 1967 (2)
Box 1, Folder 15Trevor Bacon, undated (1); Jill Balcon [actress/widow of C. Day Lewis], 1973 (1), and Bananas magazine (various staff), 1979-1980 (8)
Box 1, Folder 16Stan Barstow [novelist], 1984 (1); Taner Baybars [poet/critic], 1973 and undated (4), and Fred Beake [secretary, Bath Poetry Festival Committee], 1982 (2)
Box 1, Folder 17J.D. (Doug) Beardsley [Canadian poet], 1970-1975 (24)
Box 1, Folder 18Samuel Beckett [playwright/poet], 1980 (1); Patricia Beer, 1982 (2); Roy Bennett [poet], 1981 (1), and Asa Benveniste [poet/publisher/printer/artist], 1970-1971 (3)
Box 1, Folder 19Anne Beresford [poet/wife of Michael Hamburger], 1972-1979 and undated (9)
Box 1, Folder 20Alison Bielski [poet], 1979 (1); Earle Birney [Canadian poet], undated (1), and Doug Blazek [American poet], 1973 (1)
Box 1, Folder 21Edmund Blunden, Claire Blunden, and Margi Blunden, 1968-1978 (6); Wilfred Blunt [poet/brother to Sir Anthony], 1971 (1)
Box 1, Folder 22David Bly [poet/nephew of Robert Bly], 1975 and undated (14)
Box 1, Folder 23Robert Bly [poet], 1972 (9)
Box 1, Folder 24Robert Bly, 1973 (8)
Box 1, Folder 25Robert Bly, 1975-1981 (9)
Box 1, Folder 26Robert Bly, 1982-1984 and undated (11)
Box 1, Folder 27Dirk Bogarde [actor and author], 1978 (1), and Alan Bold [poet/editor/critic], 1969-1983 (9)
Box 1, Folder 28Keith Bosley, [poet/translator], 1974-1980 (7); Louis Bourne [editor], 1982-1984 (6)
Box 1, Folder 29Marilyn Bowering [Canadian poet], 1977-1982 (22)
Box 1, Folder 30D.G. Bridson [poet], 1972-1973 (3); William Bronk [poet], 1973-1977 (8), and one letter to Bronk from Booth, 1977
Box 1, Folder 31Brigid Brophy [novelist], 1973-1982 (18)
Box 1, Folder 32Peter Brown [lyricist - Cream, Jack Bruce], 1982-1983 and undated (5)
Box 1, Folder 33Stewart Brown [poet], 1979-1982 (19)
Box 1, Folder 34Alan Brownjohn [poet/critic/novelist/editor), 1967-1968 (30)
Box 1, Folder 35Alan Brownjohn, 1969 (33)
Box 1, Folder 36Alan Brownjohn, 1970 (35)
Box 1, Folder 37Alan Brownjohn, 1971-1972 (22)
Box 2
Box 2, Folder 1Alan Brownjohn, 1973-1975 (29)
Box 2, Folder 2Alan Brownjohn, 1976-1984 (39)
Box 2, Folder 3Alan Brownjohn, undated (24)
Box 2, Folder 4John and Marjorie Brunner [poet] (15); George Buchanan [poet] (5); Bill Buford [editor of Granta Magazine] (3)
Box 2, Folder 5Michael Bullock [Canadian poet] (13); Edward Burman [teacher and writer], 1981-1982 (19)
Box 2, Folder 6Edward Burman, 1983-1984 and undated (41)
Box 2, Folder 7Jim Burns [poet/editor](10); Richard Burns [poet], 1972-1973 (35)
Box 2, Folder 8Richard Burns, 1974-1983 (28)
Box 2, Folder 9John Carder Bush [poet/novelist/brother of Kate Bush], 1969-1984 (24)
Box 2, Folder 10John Carder Bush, undated (26)
Box 2, Folder 11Kate Bush [pop singer/writer/musician] (20)
Box 2, Folder 12Ric Caddel [proprietor of Pig Press] (1); Carmen Callil [Chatto and Windus] (2); Charles Causley [poet] (5); Glen Cavaliero [poet/critic] (2); Ian Caws [poet] (23)
Box 2, Folder 13Leonard Clark [poet/critic/editor] (24)
Box 2, Folder 14Gillian Clarke [editor] (10); Alan Clodd [Enitharmon Press] (5); Anne Clysenaars [poet/critic], 1969 (1); Bob Cobbing [poet] (12)
Box 2, Folder 15Neville Coghill [translator of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales] (1); Stewart Conn [poet] (1); Tony Connor [poet] (4); R. L. Cook [Lomond Press] (1); Seamus Cooney [critic/publisher, Black Sparrow Press] (54)
Box 2, Folder 16Cid Corman [poet], 1973-1974 (38)
Box 2, Folder 17Cid Corman, 1975-1982 (32)
Box 2, Folder 18John Cotton [poet/editor/critic], 1972-1976 (33)
Box 2, Folder 19John Cotton, 1979-1982 and undated (29)
Box 2, Folder 20Jeni Couzyn [poet] (3); Oliver Cox [poet] (1); Andrew Cozens [editor] (1); Robert Creeley [U.S. poet], 1973-1980 (34)
Box 2, Folder 21Kevin Crossley-Holland [poet/editor at MacMillan and Victor Gollancz Ltd.], 1968-1970 (29)
Box 2, Folder 22Kevin Crossley-Holland, 1971-1974 (29)
Box 2, Folder 23Kevin Crossley-Holland, 1975-1976 and undated (23); M. Cumberlege, 1983 (1); Michael Curtis [physician, book collector], 1982-1983 (8)
Box 3
Box 3, Folder 1Mats Dahlberg [critic], 1973-1980 (27)
Box 3, Folder 2Mats Dahlberg, undated (19)
Box 3, Folder 3John Daniel [poet], 1968-1970 and undated (9); Judy Daniel [poet], undated (2); Hilary Davies [poet/editor], 1980-1982 and undated (10); Richard Davies [Buckingham Palace], 1983 (1); Cecil Day Lewis [Poet Laureate], 1969 (1)
Box 3, Folder 4Peter Dent [poet], 1974-1983 and undated (14); George Dowden [poet], 1972-1973 (11); Joan Downar, 1983 (1); Margaret Drabble [novelist], 1972 (2)
Box 3, Folder 5Robert Druce [poet/novelist/critic/educationalist], 1968-1984 (14)
Box 3, Folder 6Robert Druce, undated (27)
Box 3, Folder 7Maureen Duffy [novelist/poet[, 1973-1980 and undated (13); Douglas Dunn [poet], 1971-1982 (2)
Box 3, Folder 8Roger Elkin [poet/critic], 1978-1980 (28)
Box 3, Folder 9Roger Elkin, 1981-1982 and undated (14)
Box 3, Folder 10John Elliot [scriptwriter], 1984 and undated (10); William Elliott [poet/critic], 1972-1979 (26)
Box 3, Folder 11Florence Elon [Zwerdling] [poet] (16); D.J. Enright [poet/editor], 1971 (1); Gavin Ewart [poet], 1970-1982 (14)
Box 3, Folder 12Ruth Fainlight [poet/wife of Alan Sillitoe], 1970-1984 (21); John Fairfax [poet/editor], 1984 and undated (3); Peter Fallon [Gallery Press], 1983 (2)
Box 3, Folder 13Michael Farley [editor], 1982-1984 (10); Seymour Faust [poet], 1974-1975 (12); Graham Fawcett [novelist], 1982 (1); Elaine Feinstein [novelist/poet], 1972-1981 (8); Tom Fenton [Salamander Press], 1982 (1)
Box 3, Folder 14Paul Feroe [editor/critic], 1973-1981 (30)
Box 3, Folder 15Peter Finch [Welsh Arts Council], 1981-1982 (4); Roy Fisher [poet], 1973-1980 (9); Michael Foot [Leader of the Labour Party], 1980 (1); Norman Franklin [Routledge and Kegan Paul], 1983-1984 (11); Antonia Fraser [biographer/editor], 1975 (1); George Fraser [critic], 1971 (2)
Box 3, Folder 16Tony Frazer [poet], 1981-1982 (13); M. Freeman [Carcanet New Press], 1982 (1); Margaret Frishman [artist], undated (3); Yasuko Fujiwara [translator], 1981-1984 (13)
Box 3, Folder 17Jean Overton Fuller [biographer of Shelley, Swinburne], 1967-1968 (23)
Box 3, Folder 18Jean Overton Fuller, Jan-June 1969 (33)
Box 3, Folder 19Jean Overton Fuller, July-Sept 1969 (21)
Box 3, Folder 20Jean Overton Fuller, Oct-Dec 1969 (23)
Box 3, Folder 21Jean Overton Fuller, 1970 (31)
Box 3, Folder 22Jean Overton Fuller, 1971 (21)
Box 3, Folder 23Jean Overton Fuller, 1972-1973 (32)
Box 4
Box 4, Folder 1Jean Overton Fuller, 1974-1978 (19)
Box 4, Folder 2Jean Overton Fuller, 1979-1981 (29)
Box 4, Folder 3Jean Overton Fuller, 1982 (36)
Box 4, Folder 4Jean Overton Fuller, 1983-1984 (15)
Box 4, Folder 5Jean Overton Fuller, undated (22)
Box 4, Folder 6John Fuller [poet/small press editor], 1969-1982 and undated (14); Roy Fuller [poet], 1970-1973 (3)
Box 4, Folder 7Robin Fulton [poet/translator of Tranströmer), 1974-1982 and undated (29)
Box 4, Folder 8Bernard Galtier, 1983 (1); Helen Gardner [critic/editor], 1973 (1); Roger Garfitt [poet/editor], 1970-1984 and undated (24)
Box 4, Folder 9Karl Gay [poetry curator, State University of New York at Buffalo], 1969-1978 (23)
Box 4, Folder 10Karen Gershon [poet], 1977-1980 (8); Terry Gifford [critic], 1979-1980 (9); Robert Gittings [critic/biographer of Hardy and Keats], 1974 (2)
Box 4, Folder 11Denis Goacher [poet/editor for T.S. Eliot], 1975-1980 and undated (37)
Box 4, Folder 12Giles Gordon [editor, Victor Gollancz; poet/novelist], 1970-1971 (23)
Box 4, Folder 13Giles Gordon, 1972-1977 (25)
Box 4, Folder 14Giles Gordon, 1978-1980 and undated (20)
Box 4, Folder 15Yannis Goumas [poet/industrialist], 1974-1982 (25)
Box 4, Folder 16Robert Graves [poet], 1970 (1); Robert Greachen [poet], 1975-1977 (14); James Green [publisher], 1981-1982 (12)
Box 4, Folder 17Margaret Gregory, undated (1); David Grubb [poet], 1971-1981 and undated (34)
Box 4, Folder 18Frederick Grubb [socialist], 1967-1969 [includes 2 letters from Booth to Grubb] (32)
Box 4, Folder 19Frederick Grubb, 1970-1983 [includes 1 letter from Booth to Grubb] (23)
Box 4, Folder 20Frederick Grubb, undated (26)
Box 4, Folder 21Harry Guest [poet/translator/novelist], 1970-1982 and undated (31)
Box 4, Folder 22Harry Guest, undated (34)
Box 5
Box 5, Folder 1Thom Gunn [poet], 1972 (1); Donald Hall [poet/editor], 1979-1983 (2); Robert Haller [critic], 1977-1979 (7); Daniel Halpern [poet/editor], 1978 (2)
Box 5, Folder 2Michael Hamburger [poet/critic/translator], 1969-1982 (52)
Box 5, Folder 3Ian Hamilton [poet/critic], 1972 (1); Christopher Hampton [poet/political writer], 1972-1984 and undated (19)
Box 5, Folder 4Geoffrey Handley-Taylor [editor], 1968-1980 (37)
Box 5, Folder 5Sir Rupert Hart-Davis [Siegfried Sassoon's literary executor], 1980 (1); Lee Harwood [poet and bookseller], 1971-1974 (6); Robert Hass [poet], 1977-1979 (3); Seamus Heaney [poet], 1970-1984 (8); Val Hennessy [critic], 1975-1984 and undated (4); Adrian Henri [poet], undated (3); Phoebe Hesketh [poet], 1971 (1)
Box 5, Folder 6William Heyen [poet], 1973-1977 (21)
Box 5, Folder 7William Heyen, 1978-1982 (39)
Box 5, Folder 8William Heyen, 1983-1984 and undated (15)
Box 5, Folder 9Norman Hidden [editor], 1982 (2)
Box 5, Folder 10Douglas Hill [editor/novelist/critic], 1972-1976 (35)
Box 5, Folder 11Douglas Hill, 1977-1982 (42)
Box 5, Folder 12Douglas Hill, undated (74)
Box 5, Folder 13Daryl Hine [editor], undated (1); Jack Hirschman [poet], 1971 (1); George Hitchcock [poet], undated (1); Hannah Hobsbaum [poet], 1970-1984 (7); Philip Hobsbaum [poet/critic], 1968-1969 (8); Harold Hobson [theatre critic], 1977 (1); Daniel Hoffman, 1973 (1); Leigh Hofrey [Argo Publishing], 1982 (1); David Holbrook [poet/editor], 1969 (1); John Hollander [poet], undated (1), Michael Holroyd [biographer], 1969 (1)
Box 5, Folder 14John Horder [poet], 1971-1981 (25)
Box 5, Folder 15Frances Horovitz [poet], 1969-1980 (26)
Box 5, Folder 16Michael Horovitz [poet/editor, New Departures/critic], 1966-1984 (18)
Box 5, Folder 17Michael Horovitz, undated (20)
Box 5, Folder 18Michael Horovitz, undated (14)
Box 5, Folder 19Libby Houston [poet], 1982-1983 (4); Nicholas Hughes [Morrigu Press], 1984 (1); Olwyn Hughes [literary agent/sister of Ted Hughes], 1970-1981 (30)
Box 5, Folder 20Ted Hughes [poet], 1970-1984 and undated (26)
Box 5, Folder 21Daniel Huws [poet], 1974-1975 (7); Paul Hyland [poet], 1983-1984 (12)
Box 6
Box 6, Folder 1Nicki Jackowska [poet], 1971-1982 (27)
Box 6, Folder 2Nicki Jackowska, undated (26)
Box 6, Folder 3Nicki Jackowska, undated (42)
Box 6, Folder 4Nicki Jackowska, undated (32)
Box 6, Folder 5Fred Rue Jacobs [playwright], 1973-1980 (26)
Box 6, Folder 6David Jaffin [poet], 1975 and undated (14)
Box 6, Folder 7Peter Jay [editor, Anvil Press], 1969-1984 and undated (21)
Box 6, Folder 8Elizabeth Jennings [poet], 1970 (1); Roland John [Hippopotamus Press], 1981-1984 (5); Bryan S. Johnson [poet/editor/critic], 1972 (2); Josephine Johnson [novelist, critic], 1981-1983 and undated (17)
Box 6, Folder 9Peter Jones [Carcanet New Press], 1982 (1); P.J. Kavanagh [poet], 1983 (3); Judith Kazantzis [poet], undated (1); Peter Keen [photographer], 1983 (1); Jane Kenyon [poet], 1979 (1); Galway Kinnell [poet], 1970-1977 (7); James Kirkup [poet], 1971-1984 (13); Ted Kooser [poet], undated (1); Michael Korda [Simon & Schuster], 1981-1982 (2); Charles Kormos [poet], 1980-1981 (2)
Box 6, Folder 10Norbert Krapf [poet], May 1972-June 1974 (25)
Box 6, Folder 11Norbert Krapf, July 1974-March 1975 (18)
Box 6, Folder 12Norbert Krapf, May 1975-Dec 1976 (41)
Box 6, Folder 13Norbert Krapf, 1977 (18)
Box 6, Folder 14Norbert Krapf, 1978-1979 (26)
Box 6, Folder 15Norbert Krapf, 1980 (16)
Box 6, Folder 16Norbert Krapf, 1981-1982 (28)
Box 6, Folder 17Norbert Krapf, 1983-1984 (15)
Box 6, Folder 18Norbert Krapf, undated (12)
Box 6, Folder 19Cosmo Landesman [Jay Landesman Ltd.], 1981 (1); Philip Larkin, 1971-1982 [poet] (2)
Box 6, Folder 20Hugh Lauder [poet], 1969 (12)
Box 6, Folder 21Hugh Lauder, Jan-April 1970 (19)
Box 6, Folder 22Hugh Lauder, May 1970-Dec 1971 (24)
Box 6, Folder 23Hugh Lauder, 1972-1974 (20)
Box 6, Folder 24Hugh Lauder, June 1976-June 1978 (24)
Box 6, Folder 25Hugh Lauder, July 1978-Nov 1979 (23)
Box 7
Box 7, Folder 1Hugh Lauder, 1980 and 1983-1984 (25)
Box 7, Folder 2Hugh Lauder, undated (30)
Box 7, Folder 3Hugh Lauder, undated (16)
Box 7, Folder 4Hugh Lauder, undated (16)
Box 7, Folder 5A.W. Lawrence [brother of Lawrence of Arabia], 1970 (2); B. C. Leale [poet], 1978-1981 (10); Bruce Leary [poet], undated (2); Laurence Lerner, [poet/critic] 1970 and undated (10)
Box 7, Folder 6Roy Lewis [Keepsake Press/Times editor], 1971-1972 (40)
Box 7, Folder 7Roy Lewis, 1972-1984 (33)
Box 7, Folder 8Roy Lewis, undated (31)
Box 7, Folder 9Eddie Linden [Aquarius Magazine], undated (1); Grevel Lindop [poet/critic] 1980 (2); Susan Lipper [photographer], 1984 (1); Edward Lowbury [poet/novelist], 1982 and undated (2); Edward Lucie-Smith [poet/art critic], 1970-1972 and undated (5); Alexis Lykiard [poet/novelist], 1975-1984 (11)
Box 7, Folder 10George MacBeth [poet/novelist/editor], 1967-1969 (26)
Box 7, Folder 11George MacBeth, 1970 (38)
Box 7, Folder 12George MacBeth, 1971-1972 (40)
Box 7, Folder 13George MacBeth, 1973-1974 (28)
Box 7, Folder 14George MacBeth, 1975-1980 (35)
Box 7, Folder 15George MacBeth, 1981-1984 and undated (44)
Box 7, Folder 16George MacBeth, undated (60)
Box 7, Folder 17Michael McCrum [master of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge], 1981-1982 (2); Roger McGough [poet/performer], undated (1); P. McSorley [editor], undated (1)
Box 7, Folder 18Wes Magee [poet], 1969-1978 (29)
Box 7, Folder 19Wes Magee, 1979-1984 and undated (21)
Box 7, Folder 20Hugo Manning [poet], 1972-1977 and undated (24); E.A. Markham [poet], 1973-1980 (11)
Box 7, Folder 21Tom Marshall [Canadian poet/critic], 1967-1969 (28)
Box 7, Folder 22Tom Marshall, 1970-1974 and unddated (17)
Box 7, Folder 23Alan Marshfield [poet], 1967-1982 (24); John Matthias [poet], 1976-1980 (28)
Box 7, Folder 24Christopher Middleton [poet], 1974-1983 (25); Brian Miller [BBC radio drama producer], 1984 (2); Ewart Milne [poet] 1969 (3)
Box 8
Box 8, Folder 1John Moat [poet], 1971-1975 and undated (9); John Mole [poet], 1970-1971 and undated (5); Nicholas Moore [poet], 1971 and undated (3); Pete Morgan [poet], 1980-1984 and unated (9); Blake Morrison [writer/editor], 1980 and undated (5)
Box 8, Folder 2Philip Mosley [translator], 1980-1982 and undated (19)
Box 8, Folder 3Howard Moss (editor, New Yorker), 1980 (1); Andrew Motion [poet, editor, British poet laureate], 1981 (6); Eric Mottram [critic], 1971-1974 (5); Paul Muldoon [poet], 1971 (4); Iris Murdoch [novelist], undated (1)
Box 8, Folder 4Susan Musgrave [Canadian poet/novelist], 1970-1973 (29)
Box 8, Folder 5Susan Musgrave, 1974-1976 (28)
Box 8, Folder 6Susan Musgrave, 1977-1981 (26)
Box 8, Folder 7Susan Musgrave, undated (25)
Box 8, Folder 8Susan Musgrave, undated (38)
Box 8, Folder 9Edward Mycue [poet], 1970-1975 (22)
Box 8, Folder 10Edward Mycue, 1976-1982 and undated (14)
Box 8, Folder 11Julian Nangle [poet/bookdealer], 1969-1976 (48)
Box 8, Folder 12Julian Nangle, 1977-198? (32)
Box 8, Folder 13Julian Nangle, undated (38)
Box 8, Folder 14Leslie Norris [poet], 1971-1982 (39)
Box 8, Folder 15Robert Nye [novelist/playwright/poet], 1973-1982 (37)
Box 8, Folder 16George Oppen [poet], undated (1); William Oxley [poet], 1982 (1); Philip Pacey [poet], 1971-1981 (5); Derek Parker [editor], 1969-1970 (12); Brian Patten [poet], 1970-1976 and undated (21)
Box 8, Folder 17Maeve Peake [artist and widow of Mervyn Peake], 1972-1976 (4); John Perlman [poet], 1977 (1); A. D. Peters [agent], 1967 (1); Robert Peters [poet], 1969-1972 (4); Ryan Petty [poet], 1974 and undated (3); Robert Phillips [poet], 1981-1984 (18)
Box 8, Folder 18Christopher Pilling [poet], 1971-1972 (2); William Plomer [poet], 1971 (8); Peter Porter [poet], 1967-1977 (5); Al Poulin, Jr. [poet, critic, publisher], 1981 (4); Omar S. Pound [poet and son of Ezra Pound], 1973 (2)
Box 8, Folder 19Neil Powell [critic/poet], 1969-1980 (34)
Box 8, Folder 20Hugh Probyn [critic], 1975-1980 (5); Kathleen Raine [poet], undated (3); Antoinette Raliez [translator], 1981 (3); James Ramholtz [editor], 1978 (1); Elaine Randell [publisher], undated (1)
Box 9
Box 9, Folder 1Peter Redgrove [poet/novelist], 1970-1972 (32)
Box 9, Folder 2Peter Redgrove, 1973 (24)
Box 9, Folder 3Peter Redgrove, 1974-1976 (17)
Box 9, Folder 4Peter Redgrove, 1977-1979 (33)
Box 9, Folder 5Peter Redgrove, 1980-1984 (35)
Box 9, Folder 6Peter Redgrove, undated (26)
Box 9, Folder 7John Rice [South East Arts], 1981 (2); Alan Riddell [poet], undated (2); Cecil Roberts, 1969 (1); Jane Robinett [poet], 1976-1977 (3); Ian Robinson [publisher, Oasis Books], 1981-1982 (3); Caroline Root [publisher, Anvil Press Poetry], 1981 (2); Alan Ross [editor, London Magazine/poet], undated (2); Royal Society of Literature, 1982 (2)
Box 9, Folder 8Anthony Rudolf [poet/critic/publisher/translator], 1970-1976 (31)
Box 9, Folder 9Anthony Rudolf, 1977-1980 (27)
Box 9, Folder 10Anthony Rudolf, 1981-1982 and undated (45)
Box 9, Folder 11Anthony Rudolf, undated (35)
Box 9, Folder 12Anthony Rudolf, undated (22)
Box 9, Folder 13Anthony Rudolf, undated (27)
Box 9, Folder 14Peter Russell [poet], 1972-1973 (2); John Ryle [editor, Quarto], undated (2); Keith Sagar [critic], 1978-1984 (13); Laurence Sail [writer, teacher], 1981-1984 (10)
Box 9, Folder 15Andrew Sant [editor], 1981-1982 (6); Toni Savage [poet], 1981 (4); Teo Savory [editor], 1976 (1); Vernon Scannell [poet], 1970-1980 (8); Susan Fromberg Schaeffer [poet/novelist], 1973-1980 (17)
Box 9, Folder 16Michael Schmidt [publisher, Carcanet Press/poet], 1970-1980 (30)
Box 9, Folder 17Michael Schmidt, 1981-1982 and undated (15)
Box 9, Folder 18Rainer Schulte [poet/editor], 1967 (1); Peter Scupham [poet/publisher], 1970-1984 (33); Eric Sellin [poet], 1973-1983 (3)
Box 9, Folder 19Howard Sergeant [editor/poet], 1977-1983 (33); Brocard Sewell [priest (SJ)/editor], 1969-1972 (3); William Kean Seymour [poet/critic/editor of Yeats], 1969-1972 (23)
Box 9, Folder 20William Shepherd [avant-garde writer], 1970-1980 (33); John Shrapnel [critic], 1977 (1)
Box 10
Box 10, Folder 1Penelope Shuttle [poet/novelist/wife and collaborator to Peter Redgrove], 1971-1973 (32)
Box 10, Folder 2Penelope Shuttle, 1974-1980 (23)
Box 10, Folder 3Jon Silkin [poet/editor, Stand], 1969-1984 and undated (62)
Box 10, Folder 4Alan Sillitoe [novelist/poet], 1977-1984 and undated (20)
Box 10, Folder 5Norman Simms [editor], 1978-1981 (40)
Box 10, Folder 6Valerie Sinason [editor], undated (1); Robin Skelton [Canadian poet/critic/editor, The Malahat Review], 1972-1979 (17); William Slaughter [poet], 1983-1984 (8)
Box 10, Folder 7Ken Smith [poet], 1974-1980 and undated (11); Timothy d'Arch Smith [book dealer], 1982 and undated (6); Colin Smythe [publisher], 1982 and undated (9); Stephen Sossaman [poet/editor], 1972-1974 (5); John Sparrow [critic], 1977 (2)
Box 10, Folder 8Lisa St. Aubin de Terán [novelist, memoirist, wife of George MacBeth], 1980 (2; William Stafford [poet], 1978-1984 (16); Jon Stallworthy [poet/editor, Oxford University Press/critic], 1967-1974 (11)
Box 10, Folder 9Derek Stanford [novelist], 1971-1980 (14); John Stathatos (?) [photographer], 1981 (1); Ralph Steadman [cartoonist], undated (1); Anne Stevenson [poet], 1976-1983 and undated (10); Bernard Stone, 1983 (1); Glenn Storhaug [Five Seasons Press], 1981-1983 (8)
Box 10, Folder 10Steven Stretch [student], 1984 (2); Lucien Stryk [poet], 1976 (21)
Box 10, Folder 11Lucien Stryk, 1977 (32)
Box 10, Folder 12Lucien Stryk, 1978 and undated (23)
Box 10, Folder 13Matthew Sweeney [poet], 1981 (1); John Symonds, 1969 (2); George Szirtes [poet/artist, Star Wheel Press], 1979-1980 (16); Tambimuttu [editor, The Lyrebird Press], 1972-1973 (6); Alan Tarling [set-maker/publisher of avant-garde work], 1969-1981 (24)
Box 10, Folder 14I.P. Taylor [poet], 1978-1979 (4); Jon Teicher [novelist], 1973-1984 (26)
Box 10, Folder 15D.M. Thomas [novelist/poet], 1970-1981 (25); Elizabeth Thomas [editor/political writer], 1980 (1); Myfanwy Thomas [daughter of Edward Thomas], 1969 (1); Anthony Thwaite [editor/poet], 1970-1977 (5)
Box 10, Folder 16David Tipton [publisher], 1981-1984 and undated (19); Allan Titmuss [photographer], 1981-1984 (10); Nick Toczek [writer], 1982 (2); Charles Tomlinson [poet/artist], 1972-1983 (4)
Box 10, Folder 17Shirley Toulson [poet/editor], 1969-1970 (34)
Box 10, Folder 18Shirley Toulson, 1971-1982 and undated (28)
Box 10, Folder 19Tomas Tranströmer [poet], 1973-1975 (3); David Tribe [poet], 1968-1972 (17) Sean Vergo [poet/novelist], 1971-1972 (4)
Box 11
Box 11, Folder 1Jim Vollmar [poet/publisher], 1972-1979 (37)
Box 11, Folder 2Jim Vollmar, 1980-1984 (27)
Box 11, Folder 3Charles Wadsworth [publisher, The Tidal Press], 1978-1980 (8); David Wagoner [poet], 1971 (1); Ted Walker [poet], 1972-1984 (17); Elizabeth Walter [editor, Collins], 1981 (1)
Box 11, Folder 4Donald Ward [poet], 1968-1971 (4); Philip Ward [publisher, The Oleander Press], 1982 (2); Francis Warner [poet/editor/playwright] 1972-1977 (25)
Box 11, Folder 5Francis Warner, 1978-1984 (14); Michael Waters [poet], 1982 (1); Colin Webb [editor], 1981 (3)
Box 11, Folder 6James L. Weil [poet/publisher/editor, The Elizabeth Press], 1973- 1974 (42)
Box 11, Folder 7James L. Weil, 1975-1976 (43)
Box 11, Folder 8James L. Weil, 1977 (34)
Box 11, Folder 9James L. Weil, 1978-1979 (33)
Box 11, Folder 10James L. Weil, 1980-1982 (54)
Box 11, Folder 11James L. Weil, 1983-1984 and undated (24)
Box 11, Folder 12Bernice Weiss [book dealer], 1981 (5); Lambersy Werner, 1981 (1); Sir Huw Wheldon [broadcaster/writer], 1977 (1); Eric W. White [poet/translator of Brecht/Arts Council of Great Britain], 1970- 1980 (30); Helen White [poet], 1981-1983 (5)
Box 11, Folder 13George Wightman [poet], 1967 (19)
Box 11, Folder 14George Wightman, 1968 (28)
Box 11, Folder 15George Wightman, 1969 (19)
Box 11, Folder 16George Wightman, 1970-1976 and undated (23)
Box 11, Folder 17Jonathan Williams [Executive Director, The Jargon Society, Inc.], 1980 (1); Kemble Williams [poet/editor, Samphire], 1970-1972 (28)
Box 11, Folder 18Kemble Williams (40)
Box 11, Folder 19Henry Williamson [novelist], 1970 (1); Clive Wilmer [poet], 1980 (1); Mary-Kay Wilmers [editor, London Review of Books] (1); G. Wilson- Knight [critic], 1969 (1); Gerald Yorke [occultist/writer/ trustee for Aleister Crowley], 1959-1974 and undated (34); Grahaeme Barrasford Young, [editor], undated (5)
Box 11, Folder 20Unidentified correspondents:

Belinda, undated (1). Celeste P., Exeter, 1983-1984 (2). David, Cambridge U., 1981 (1). Duncan, S. Glamorgan, 1983 (1). Frank, n.p., undated (1). Gerald, British Columbia, undated (1). Glyn P., Swansea, 1983-1984 (3). Jenny, Knotting, Beds., undated (2). John, Bowling Green, Ohio, 1977 (3). Jon, Washington, D.C., 1983 (2). Kate, Exeter, 1984 (1). Lawrence C., Streatham, London, 1973 (1). Lorna, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, undated (1). Lynne (Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford University), undated (3)

Box 11, Folder 21Unidentified correspondents:

Mary, Surrey Square, London, 1967-1981 and undated (7). Melissa, Petersfield, Hampshire, 1982 and undated (3). Michael, Bromley, 1984 (1). Michael, Poetry Society, undated (1). Peter, 1975 and undated (3). Priscilla [artist], Ashington, Northunberland, 1983 (1). Richard, Gisele, and Frédérique, 1984 (2) Rosalind and Willam, Bruges, 1969 (1). Susannah, undated (1). Walin, 1970 (1)

Box 11, Folder 22Correspondence between Booth and The New Statesman regarding Eric Homberger's article "The Uncollected Plath" (The New Statesman, September 22, 1972) in which he accuses the Sceptre Press of "profiteering" on the fame of Sylvia Plath
Box 11, Folder 23Miscellaneous fragments and one unidentified black and white photograph (3.5 x 3.5)

Series 2: Publications, 1969-1980

Box 12
Box 12, Folder 1Hobsbaum, Philip. Some Lovely Glorious Nothing. 1969. Copy H of 26 lettered copies. Signed by the poet.
Box 12, Folder 2Bush, John Carder. The Creation Edda. 1970. Copy Q of 26 lettered copies, handbound in card, and signed by the poet.

Bush, John Carder. The Creation Edda. 1970. Copy 43 of 74 numbered copies.

Box 12, Folder 3Bridson, D. G., trans. Ballade des dames du Temps Jadis after Francois Villon. 1971. Copy 105 of 150 numbered copies.
Box 12, Folder 4Hum-Wills, Iago. Poems. 1971. Printed and published by David Barron at the Black Turd Press.
Box 12, Folder 5Kirkup, James. Broad Daylight. 1971. Copy 91 of 150 numbered copies.
Box 12, Folder 6Patten, Brian. At Four O'Clock in the Morning. 1971. Copy 80 of 100 numbered copies.
Box 12, Folder 7Armstrong, Michael. Revelation. 1972. Copy 45 of 100 numbered copies.
Box 12, Folder 8Didsbury, Pete. Runnung. 1973. Copy 20 of 150 numbered copies. Nos. l-50 are signed by the poet.
Box 12, Folder 9Dowden, George. Poem For Jayne. 1973. Copy 20 of 150 numbered copies. Nos. 1-50 are signed by the poet.
Box 12, Folder 10Hamburger, Michael. Conversations With Charwoman. 1973. Copy 146 of 150 numbered copies.
Box 12, Folder 11Redgrove, Peter. In the Country of the Skin. 1973. A radio script. Edition is limited to 500 copies.
Box 12, Folder 12Sellin, Eric. As-Shamsu. 1973. Copy 15 of 150 numbered copies. Signed by the poet.
Box 12, Folder 13Tranströmer, Thomas. Elegy and Some October Notes. Translated by Robert Bly, 1973. Copy 114 of 150 numbered copies.
Box 12, Folder 14Brownjohn, Alan. She Made of It. 1974. Copy 94 of 150 numbered copies.
Box 12, Folder 15Huws, Daniel. Buzzards. 1974. Copy 13 of 150 numbered copies. Signed by the poet.

Huws, Daniel. Buzzards. 1974. Copy 74 of 150 numbered copies.

Box 12, Folder 16Huws, Daniel. From An Old Book of Riddles. 1974. Copy 145 of 150 numbered copies.
Box 12, Folder 17Leary, Bruce. Green Apples. 1974. Copy 20 of 150 copies. Signed by the poet.

Leary, Bruce. Green Apples. 1974. Copy 89 of 150 numbered copies.

Box 12, Folder 18Scannell, Vernon. Meeting in Manchester. 1974. One of 200 copies printed as a tribute to Edmund Blunden.
Box 12, Folder 19Crossley-Holland, Kevin. Petal & Stone. 1975. Copy 70 of 150 numbered copies.
Box 12, Folder 20Guest, Harry. The Enchanted Acres. 1975. Copy 147 of 150 numbered copies.
Box 12, Folder 21Levy, John. The Imperial Tomb. 1975. Copy 109 of 150 numbered copies.
Box 12, Folder 22Musgrave, Susan. Two Poems. 1975. Copy 27 of 150 numbered copies. Signed by the poet.
Box 12, Folder 23Silkin, Jon. A 'Jarapiri' Poem. 1975. Copy 148 of 150 numbered copies.
Box 12, Folder 24Goacher, Denis. Three Songs From The Romany King of Wembworthy. 1976. Copy 143 of 150 numbered copies.
Box 12, Folder 25Shuttle, Penelope. Four American Sketches. 1976. Copy 99 of 150 numbered copies.
Box 12, Folder 26Booth, Joyce. Branches of Bamboo. 1977. Edition limited to 300 copies.
Box 12, Folder 27Rilke, Rainer Maria. The Voices. Translated by Robert Bly. 1977.
Box 12, Folder 28Booth, Martin. The Dying. 1978. Copy 63 of 150 numbered copies.
Box 12, Folder 29Bowering, Marilyn. Third Child and Zian. 1978. Copy 54 of 150 numbered copies.
Box 12, Folder 30Burns, Richard. Earthquake. 1978. Copy 100 of 150 numbered copies.

Burns, Richard. Earthquake. 1978. Proof.

Box 12, Folder 31Creeley, Robert. Desultory Days. 1978. Copy 91 of 250 numbered copies.
Box 12, Folder 32Goumas, Yannis. Athenians Go To Work. 1978.
Box 12, Folder 33Leale, B. C. Fouquet's. 1978. Proof.
Box 12, Folder 34Crick, Philip. To The Third Trajectory. 1979. Copy 98 of 150 numbered copies.
Box 12, Folder 35Heyen, William. The Children. 1979. Copy 41 of 150 numbered copies. Signed by the poet.
Box 12, Folder 36Hughes, Ted. Four Tales Told By An Idiot. 1979. Copy 160 of 450 numbered copies.
Box 12, Folder 37Stafford, William. Around You, Your House and A Catechism. Copy 105 of 150 numbered copies.
Box 12, Folder 38Vollmar, Jim. Hoy: The Seven Postcards. 1979. Copy 133 of 150 numbered copies.
Box 12, Folder 39Vollmar, Jim. Orkney Poems. 1979. Copy 65 of 150 numbered copies.
Box 12, Folder 40Fainlight, Ruth. Two Wind Poems. 1980. Edition of 125 numbered copies. Out of series copy.
Box 12, Folder 41Gurney, John. The R101. 1980. Copy 48 of 150 numbered copies.
Box 12, Folder 42Hamburger, Michael. Variations on Suffolk IV. 1980. Copy 132 of 150 numbered copies.

Hamburger, Michael. Variations on Suffolk IV. 1980. Proof.

Box 12, Folder 43MacBeth, George. Typing A Novel About the War. 1980. Copy 66 of 125 numbered copies.
Box 12, Folder 44Plath, Sylvia. Two Poems. 1980. Copy 46 of 300 numbered copies, the first 75 of which are especial.
Box 12, Folder 45Tranströmer, Thomas. How The Late Autumn Night Novel Begins. Translated by Robin Fulton. 1980. Copy 135 of 150 numbered copies.

Tranströmer, Thomas. How The Late Autumn Night Novel Begins. Translated by Robin Fulton. Proof.

Box 12, Folder 46Buzan, Tony. Obsession. n.d. postcard.
Box 12, Folder 47Horder, John. Cecil and Baba. n.d. Published in an edition of 100 copies.
Box 12, Folder 48Typescript of introduction by Martin Booth to Decadel: Ten Years of Sceptre Press Poetry. With holograph corrections and note by Booth. 2pp.

Series 3: Correspondence and Writings, 1971-1991

Box 13
Travel Diaries and Other Writings

This box contains descriptions of Booth's papers at other repositories, two travel diaries, and a folder of writings signed by Booth. The last three folders, not included in this description, are restricted at Booth's request and may not be accesed until 2025.

Box 14
Correspondence, 1971-1991

The first two folders are correspondence to Booth from American publisher William Ewert (Concord, N.H.), while the remaining ten are correspondence from other individuals and British publishers.

Box 15
Television Materials

Novels and Book Reviews written by Booth, as well as television scripts, scenes, promotional pitches, and documentary scripts. Most have to do with Hong Kong or nature.

Formats

Letters & Postcards
Newspapers & Publications