Nick Darke Archive (CPA1)

The Archive and Special Collections Service is delighted to hold of the manuscript papers of Nick Darke, one of Cornwall's best known playwrights.

The Collection contains preparatory work and scripts for his 30 plays, along with publicity, promotional material, photographs and correspondence.  Nick's work for television, film and radio is also well represented.  The Collection is broad in its appeal, documenting Nick's interest in environmental issues, music, Cornish history and culture, as well as his recovery from a stroke in 2001 and events leading up to his untimely death in 2005.

In addition to these records, Nick's published work is also available, as are his two films, The Wrecking Season andThe Art of Catching Lobsters.  These materials can be accessed by searching the library catalogue.

The Archive was kindly deposited by Nick's widow, Jane, who continues to be involved with the Collection and its use.  Work on the Collection is currently in progress and an online catalogue will be available in due course.  The records continue to be available for research through this time - please Contact Us to arrange an appointment. 

For more information about Nick's life and work please visit

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