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Roger Deakin & W.G. Sebald

Thanks to Sarah Elsegood for letting me know that the Roger Deakin Archive has been donated to the University of East Anglia and is fully processed.  A finding aid to all “23 linear metres” can be downloaded.

Roger Deakin’s Archive has been given to University of East Anglia Library in Norwich, by his son Rufus Deakin. Robert Macfarlane was nominated by Roger Deakin as his Literary Executor.  The Deakin Archive has been fully listed and includes some material relating to Sebald. It also contains over 130 notebooks which were the source material for ‘Waterlog’ and his posthumously published book ‘Wildwood’ as well as ‘Notes from Walnut Tree Farm’ which was edited by Terence Blacker and Alison Hastie.

Of particular interest to me was the description of this folder: RD/LIT/6/9 “W.G. Sebald, 2001-2003.  Contains RD’s thoughts on the author W.G. Sebald, book reviews and obituaries.”  Deakin’s book Waterlogged: A Swimmer’s Journey through Britain provided the title for the 2007 exhibition Waterlog, which I have written about extensively.)

Photograph of Roger Deakin’s shed at his Walnut Tree Farm by Justin Partyka from Shedworking

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  1. Todd #

    Deakin’s farm is featured (at roughly the 10 minute mark) in his friend Robert Macfarland’s documentary “The Wild Places of Essex”. Macfarland sits in Deakin’s shed and ruminates on how/where his friend wrote. The entire documentary is available on YouTube.

    May 11, 2010

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