LevelItem
Ref NoGUA/6/7/1/2/1
TitleLetters to Ian Mayes
Date1989-1997
Extent1 file
Creator NameGuardian Newspapers Limited; Weekend Magazine; Ian Mayes
DescriptionLetters to Ian Mayes from significant journalists and arts professionals collected during his time as deputy editor of Guardian Weekend. Includes copies of articles, newspaper cuttings and photographs.

The letters are in alphabetical order by person and are as follows:
Chinua Achebe to Ian Mayes, 13 June 1989. Note sent with article;
Chinua Achebe to Ian Mayes, 7 October 1989. Note sent with article he has written. With the letter there is a copy of Guardian Weekend, 21 - 22 October 1989 which features article 'On not going to Namibia' by Chinua Achebe;
Mulk Raj Anand to Ian Mayes, 10 March 1991. Agrees to write article on Tagore;
Mulk Raj Anand to Ian Mayes, 22 March 1991. Note sent with attached article 'The Magic of Tagore's Naive Art';
Mulk Raj Anand to Ian Mayes, 7 May 1991. Writes to confirm he has received cheque, suggests possible new articles and outlines current publications;
Homi Baba to Ian Mayes, undated. To enclose article;
Howard Barker to Ian Mayes, 25 April 1994. Brief letter expressing gratitude to him;
Steve Bell to Ian Mayes, 3 April 1995. Writes to send thanks for received cheques and to enclose artwork;
Alan Bennett to Ian Mayes, 21 March 1994. Letter to accompany article about Leeds;
John Berger to Ian Mayes, 2 January 1992. To send New Year wishes and enclose article;
John Berger to Ian Mayes, 1 June 1995. Note to accompany fax;
John Berger to Ian Mayes, 4 June 1995. To enclose photograph;
John Berger to Ian Mayes, 11 August 1995. To send corrections to text of article;
John Berger to Ian Mayes, undated. To send wishes and enclose articles;
John Berger to Ian Mayes, undated. Note to enclose updated version of article;
Hugh Canning to Ian Mayes, 16 March 1993. Personal letter;
Nirad C Chaudhuri to Ian Mayes, 24 June 1991. Letter to accompany article with information about its publishing;
Nirad C Chaudhuri to Ian Mayes, 4 July 1991. Writes to send correction to Tagore article;
Nirad C Chaudhuri to Ian Mayes, 10 August 1991. Sends thanks for letter and remarks on forthcoming article;
Nirad C Chaudhuri to Ian Mayes, 2 September 1991. Sends thanks for letter and discusses writing on Tagore and problems with article publishing;
J M Coetzee to Ian Mayes, 14 May 1991. Sends apologies that he is currently too busy to produce any work for the newspaper;
Margaret Drabble to Ian Mayes, 26 March 1991. Writes to enclose article and mention possible corrections;
Nawal el-Saadawi to Ian Mayes, 18 July 1989. Letter sent with article;
Ben Elton to Ian Mayes, 11 November 1996. Writes to refuse offer to write obituary for Ernie Wise as he is busy with work commitments;
Professor Ezekiel Es'kia Mphahlele to Ian Mayes, 12 September 1990. Requests information about newly published book and asks to receive copies of article about him;
Richard Eyre to Ian Mayes, 25 April 1994. Postcard with brief greetings note;
John Galbraith to Ian Mayes, 21 March 1991. Note enclosed with article;
Sir John Gielgud, July 1994. Writes to talk about the work and personaliity of his friend Margaret Harris, and her family;
David Grossman to Ian Mayes, 2 June 1991. Explains he can not commit to any other writing projects at the current time;
Richard Hamilton to Ian Mayes, 18 November 1991. Letter commenting on the current situation within British art schools, art galleries and museums in relation to the Thatcher government;
Denis Healey to Ian Mayes, 7 March 1991. Explains he will want to print his article in his book 'When Shrimps learn to whistle';
Denis Healey to Ian Mayes, 14 March 1991. Note enclosed with article;
Roy Heath to Ian Mayes, 14 April 1990. To enclose article;
Denys Johnson-Davies to Ian Mayes, 6 August 1995. Sends thanks for letter and describes current overseas trip;
Ivan Klima to Ian Mayes, 3 December 1991. Letter sent with attached article, written in Czech;
A Munif to Ian Mayes, 25 May 1992. Writes to send thanks for hospitality on his recent visit to London;
R K Narayan to Ian Mayes, 5 July 1989. Agrees to contribute Diary to Guardian Weekend;
R K Narayan to Ian Mayes, 25 April 1990. Writes to enquire about possible 'lost' article;
R K Narayan to Ian Mayes, 2 July 1990. Note sent to enclose article about teaching experience at Texas, fax copy of article attached;
R K Narayan to Ian Mayes, 8 July 1990. Sends contact details of his associate N Ram and asks if he would like to meet him on his forthcoming trip to London;
R K Narayan to Ian Mayes, 17 August 1990. Sends thanks for 'tear- off sheets' of the Guardian newspaper and comments on their presentation;
R K Narayan to Ian Mayes, 25 January 1991. Agrees to write piece on Tagore, and sends thanks for payment of other article;
R K Narayan to Ian Mayes, 16 June 1991. Enquires about cheque he has received for article he has not written, and sends thanks for payment of other article;
R K Narayan to Ian Mayes, 13 July 1991. Sends thanks for cheques and asks about format of next article.
R K Narayan to Ian Mayes, undated. Refers to his illness and inability to currently write;
R K Narayan to Ian Mayes, undated. Explains why he is currently unable to write article about Tagore;
R K Narayan to Ian Mayes, undated. Sends thanks for copies of Tagore articles from the Guardian;
Photograph of R K Narayan. Printed on paper in 2000;
Lewis Nkosi to Ian Mayes, 3 October 1989. Writes to highlight corrections to his submitted writing, and to enclose photograph negatives;
Lewis Nkosi to Ian Mayes, 21 April 1990. Sends thanks for received books and explains current progress of writing;
Lewis Nkosi to Ian Mayes, 1 July 1990. Writes to enclose article and exchange news;
Kole Omotoso to Ian Mayes, 15 May 1989. Informing him of his London address;
Harold Pinter to Ian Mayes, 30 July 1993. Letter to confirm he is having a 'public discussion' at the Dublin Literary Festival;
Harold Pinter to Ian Mayes, 12 January 1995. Letter to accompany attached poem;
Harold Pinter to Ian Mayes, 22 May 1995. Letter to accompany attached poem 'Cricket at night';
Harold Pinter to Ian Mayes, 6 June 1995. Letter sent to accompany attached poem 'The Other Guy';
Kathleen Raine to Ian Mayes, 7 August 1991. Writes to comment about recent Tagore feature and how it omitted reference to William Radice;
Ian Mayes to Kathleen Raine, 12 August 1991. Copy of sent letter, which responds to her comments about Tagore and William Radice;
Kathleen Raine to Ian Mayes, 14 August 1991. Writes to send thanks for received letter and enclose leaflet about her work;
N Ram to Ian Mayes, 2 April 1990. Writes on behalf of R K Narayan to enclose article 'Tale of a Tub' which is attached;
Satyajit Ray to Ian Mayes, 20 February 1991. Note sent with attached article 'My Tagore';
Andrew Robinson to Ian Mayes, 5 September 1991. Letter sent to enclose associate's address and articles for his interest;
Nayantara Sahgal to Ian Mayes, 3 September 1991. Explains his article will be completed in October, and not September 1991;
Nayantara Sahgal to Ian Mayes, 18 September 1991. Note sent with article and to confirm current address.
Nayantara Sahgal to Ian Mayes, 3 February 1992. Writes to send thanks for cheque and to ask if photographs can be returned;
Nayantara Sahgal to Ian Mayes, 13 March 1992. Writes to highlight print errors in two articles he has submitted;
Alan Sillitoe to Ian Mayes, 24 July 1989. Writes to ask if he can receive copy of article photographs;
Alan Sillitoe to Ian Mayes, 6 August 1989. Sends thanks for sent photographs and suggests potential article subject;
Alan Sillitoe to Ian Mayes, 13 August 1989. Note sent with article;
Alan Sillitoe to Ian Mayes, 10 April 1990. Writing to request arrangements for article photograph;
Alan Sillitoe to Ian Mayes, 27 July 1990. Letter to accompany article;
Charles Tomlinson to Ian Mayes, 19 July 1997. Writes to accept offer of writing obituary for Attilio Bertolucci, and sends list of corrections to poems;
Charles Tomlinson to Ian Mayes, 31 July 1997. Letter to accompany obituary for Attilio Bertolucci;
William Trevor to Ian Mayes, 7 October 1991. Note to explain estimated time of article completion;
William Trevor to Ian Mayes, 12 April 1992. Note to enclose corrections to writing;
William Trevor to Ian Mayes, 21 May 1993. Note to enclose unpublished essays;
William Trevor to Ian Mayes, undated. Note with comments on recent writing;
William Trevor to Ian Mayes, undated. Writes to enquire if there is interest in essays he has completed;
Copy of article 'Mulberries, Mafia and myths' by Ian Mayes from Guardian Weekend,
8 - 9 July 1989;
Photograph of Ian Mayes with Ben Okri and Margaret Busby, at Royal Academy of Art event, undated;
Photograph of Ian Mayes with the Principal of the Royal Academy and the CEO of Glaxo, at Royal Academy of Art event, undated;
Photograph of Ian Mayes with the Principal of the Royal Academy, at Royal Academy of Art event, undated;
Two drawings of Cairo by Jan Morris, 1996.
System Of ArrangementChronological
Access StatusOpen(part)
Access ConditionsOpen (part) Letter from Hugh Canning closed until April 2023 (agreement with donor)
FormatTypescript
Photograph
Drawing

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