We are delighted to hold the manuscript papers of Nick Darke, Cornwall's best known playwright.
The Collection contains preparatory work and scripts for Darke's 30 plays, along with publicity, promotional material, photographs and correspondence. Darke' s work for television, film and radio is also well represented. The Collection is broad in its appeal, documenting the writer'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 death in 2005.
In addition to these records, Darke's published work and many of his radio programmes are also available, as are his two films, The Wrecking Season and The Art of Catching Lobsters. These materials can be accessed by searching the library catalogue.
The Archive was kindly deposited by Darke's wife, 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 Darke's life and work please visit nickdarke.net and Falmouth University's Nick Darke Award.