Maureen Duffy at 80: In Times Like These
DUFFY AND KING'S
Header image: A stack of Lucifers (the King's College London student magazine), 1951-1954. Held at the King's College London Archives, K/SER1/63.
Maureen Duffy studied English at King's College London between 1953 and 1956. The papers collected here reflect the many dimensions of Maureen’s relationship with King’s.
Patricia Methven guides us through Maureen Duffy’s archive, held at King’s, with illuminating descriptions drawn from her expertise and intimacy with the collection.
Christine Kenyon Jones unveils the economic and social conditions of the College, as well as what life was like for an English student at the time Maureen was there.
Clare Lees discusses Maureen’s novel Capital (1975), in which King’s is fictionalised as ‘Queen’s’ College. The novel examines London through its deep history, using the medieval Chronicle tradition to do so, exploring gender in the process.
Publisher, scholar and writer Phoebe Blatton draws the papers together to reflect on Maureen’s full use of an often destroyed or damaged London as fertile ground for creative space.
John Stokes traces the links between Maureen’s writing and activism, from her time at King’s and beyond.
Clare Brant tells the story behind the biographical window put in place in 2013 on the Virginia Woolf Building at King’s, depicting Maureen and noting her distinguished place in King’s history.
Katie Webb, Editor
Sections and Chapters
Duffy and King's introduction
Finding Maureen Duffy in the Archives
King's in Maureen Duffy's time
Christine Kenyon Jones
Kings, and Queens, Histories in Fact and Fiction
Clare A. Lees
Panel Summary: the city as a space for new possibilities
Writing, Rites, and Rights
A Window for Maureen Duffy
Fighting and Writing introduction
Duffy and the European Writers' Congress
An 80th Birthday Honorific Speech
Memories of the German Writers' Union
For Maureen Duffy, Poiêtes