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Fans of the Archive: Reading Fan Letters in Richmal Crompton's Archive


  • Jane McVeigh University of Roehampton



archives, film, practice as research, Richmal Crompton


Richmal Crompton was a British twentieth-century writer of popular children’s stories. This seven minute film is about her fans, past and present, and is based in her archive at the University of Roehampton. It was made in collaboration with Archives and Special Collections and Media Services at the University of Roehampton, as well as members of the Just William Society and Richmal Crompton’s family.

This article was submitted to the European Journal of Life Writing on February 20th 2016 and published on March 24th 2016.

Author Biography

Jane McVeigh, University of Roehampton

Jane McVeigh is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Roehampton. She is working on her first book, Contemporary British Literary Biography: Haunting Conversations. Her research currently focuses on contemporary life-writing and Richmal Crompton’s writing and archive, based at the University of Roehampton.






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