Frontliners – Original Draft

Series namePoetry

This is an original draft of Gunesekera’s poem ‘Frontliners’, which was published in the journal “Poetry Matters” in 1988. The manuscript is written in pencil and includes different versions of the stanzas alongside the main body of the text.

Date of Creation / Publication
CreatorGunesekera, Romesh
Associated Person/ Organisation
Collection and Reference NumberRomesh Gunesekera Collection (GB 2661 RG)
Catalogue NumberRG/PO/1
CopyrightThe Creator and/ or the associated
Access to originalsThe originals are located with Romesh Gunesekera
Series notesRomesh Gunesekera began writing poetry while still at school in the Philippines. The American poets of the 1950s known as the 'Beat Generation' were his strongest influence until he came to London in 1971. Since 1991, Gunesekera has written and published poetry for children and adults, and has contributed to over fifteen poetry anthologies, magazines, and journals.

Collection notesThe Romesh Gunesekera Collection contains digital extracts of his short stories and novels, as well as several poems. The material also includes photographs, handwritten detailed research notes, and annotated manuscripts.