Stephen Cleary

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Position
Lead Curator, Literary and Creative Recordings
Specialism
Drama, literature
Department
Collections
Related Offices
Vice-Chair and Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Live Art Development Agency
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Steve has worked for the British Library since 1994 and has been Lead Curator, Drama and Literature Recordings, since 2003, taking on an expanded role from April 2015. 

The Drama and Literature Recordings department collects and makes accessible documentary recordings of literary readings, drama, and other non-musical performance in Britain, together with recordings of ancillary material such as interviews and discussions. 

In addition to a wide-ranging location recording programme, poetry readings and interviews with poets are regularly recorded in the British Library's own studio. Steve is currently supervising an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership student in the research area of contemporary Black British poetry in performance, in collaboration with Dr Gemma Robinson, University of Stirling. Ongoing from 2013.

Publications

Articles / chapters in books

  • 'Plugging the Gaps: Documentation of Fringe Theatre at the British Library', Les convergences entre passe et futur dans les collections des arts du spectacle / Connecting Points: Performing Arts Collections Uniting Past and Future; Editors: Helen Baer, Claudia Blank, Kristy Davis, Andrea Hauer and Nicole Leclercq, directed by Nicole Leclercq; (Brussels: P.I.E. Peter Lang, 2014) pp. 83-89
  • 'Cataloguing The Riots', ARC (Taunton); August 2013, no. 288, pp. 30-32
  • 'Audiovisual theatre: past, present, future', Viewfinder (London); June 2011, no. 83, pp. 6-7
  • 'Speech recordings at the British Library: digitization and access', Convergence: the International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies (London); 2010, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 53-56
  • 'Audio and Video Documentation of Performance at the British Library, 1963-2008', Capter l'essence du spectacle / Capturing the Essence of Performance; Editors: Nicole Leclercq, Laurent Rossion and Alan R. Jones; (Brussels, P.I.E. Peter Lang, 2010) pp. 117-123

Audio curation of British Library exhibitions

  • On the Road: Jack Kerouac's Manuscript Scroll (4 October to 27 December 2012)
  • Writing Britain (11 May to 25 September 2012) (with Eva del Rey)
  • The Sound and the Fury (3 Feb to 31 December 2009)

Curation of British Library audio CDs / CD sets

  • The Spoken Word: Laurie Lee (2014)
  • The Spoken Word: Irish Writers and Poets (2013)
  • Short Stories: Volume 2 (2013)
  • The Spoken Word: William S Burroughs and Brion Gysin (2012)
  • The Spoken Word: Travel Writers (2012)
  • Shakespeare's Original Pronunciation (2012)
  • Short Stories (2011)
  • The Spoken Word: American Poets (2010)
  • The Spoken Word: British Poets (2010)
  • The Spoken Word: Stevie Smith (2009)
  • The Spoken Word: Bob Cobbing (2009)
  • The Spoken Word: American Writers (2008)
  • The Spoken Word: British Writers (2008)
  • The Spoken Word: Evelyn Waugh (2008)
  • The Spoken Word: Edith Sitwell (2008)
  • The Spoken Word: George Barker (2008)
  • The Spoken Word: Graham Greene (2007)
  • Works for Radio: Samuel Beckett (2006)

See also

Collection guides

Drama and literature recordings

A unique collection of audio-visual recordings of drama, poetry and literature in performance

Forced Entertainment

Over 300 video recordings of performances, workshops and rehearsals