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Reference code:  IE BL/SC/09 -10
Title:  Harold Pinter / Brian Abbott Correspondence
Dates:   Jun 1998 - 2003
Level of description:    item
Extent:    6 items


IE BL/SC/09 - 10 comprises of ccorrespondence between Brian Abbott, an Irish based poet and the playwright Harold Pinter. Abbott initially contacted Pinter in response to his participation in a TV programme criticizing the second Iraq war. They were donated to UCC in 2009 by Brian Abbott.


Includes copy of a letter from Abbott to then Prime Minister Tony Blair and a number of poems he wrote in response to the conflict in Iraq. Pinter encloses two poems of his own in his reply to Abbott.


Access: Available by appointment with the Archives Service to holders of UCC Readers tickets.

Language:    English

Finding Aid:  Item Description (see below)

BL/SC/09 -10

1.  Jun 1998 (24 Mar 1999)

Copy letter from Brian Abbott, Bishopstown Road, Cork to Tony Blair, (MP), then Prime Minister of Great Britain, sharply criticising the Labour Governments stance in Kosovo and Iraq and asking “will the Labour Government now call for Generals and Politicians who were responsible for the invasion of East Timor and the murder of 200,000 people there to be brought to justice”. He further questions British policy regarding military intervention in Yugoslavia.  2pp

2.  n.d.

Poem by Brian Abbott ‘Smart Bombs’. Begins ‘The bombs have made their “Smart” attack/ On targets deep inside Iraq’.  2pp

3.  2003

Extended and reworked version of the poem ‘Smart Bombs’, now titled ‘Iraq’. ‘“Smart” bombs have made a new attack/ On targets deep inside Iraq’”.  7pp

4.  23 May 1999

Mss letter from Harold Pinter, (playwright) Campden Hill Square, London to Brian Abbott in response to a letter from Abbott enclosing copies of his poem ‘Smart Bombs’ and a letter he had written to Tony Blair (see above). “I was very pleased to hear from you. I liked your Gulf War poem very much & also admired your letter to Mr. Blair”. About the current political situation he comments “It all really stinks to high heaven, doesn’t it?”. Encloses copies of his poems ‘American Football’ and ‘Check Point Perspective’.  3 items

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Author: Carol Quinn, Archivist, UCC Library, University College Cork

Last updated: 08 March 2016

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