Audio Archives

Archive of the Now

Person Describing Archive

Celyn Harding Jones (2010) ; Chelsea Obodoechina (2020)

Is this primarily a poetry audio site?


Sponsoring Person or Institution

School of English and Drama, Queen Mary, University of London

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General Description of Archive

Archive of the Now is a print, digital, performance-based and audio archive collecting British poetic works.

Description of archive history or URL

Directed by Andrea Brady, inspired by UbUWeb and PennSound, an archive was formed to represent contemporary and non-mainstream poetry which may be exculded from other archives.

Contact information

Andrea Brady, Archive of the Now, School of English and Drama, Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS.

Searchable options

Search by a scroll-down list of authors on a left-justified sidebar, as well as an alphabetical list of authors and an advanced search (Google Search).

Relation from the audio to the text

No transcriptions available. Sometimes a sample text is provided (one poem by the author).

Date/Time/Length/Context info about the audio items

Most recordings have basic information about the audio file: date, location, and each play bar indicates length of recording.

Author bios and context within literary history

There are often short author bios (most likely written by the poet), but as these are contemporary poets, no context within literary history is provided.

Audio file type: streaming, download, file format, audio file compression quality (WAV, MP3, bitrate)

Audio files are mp3, downloadable and streaming.

Multimedia integration (pictures, video, etc.)

Picture of author is provided.

Audio playback setup (opens in Flash player, on new blank screen, etc.)

Play bar appears in a pop-up page, black screen.

Mobile access (i.e. accessible on smart phones, tablets, etc.)



Browsing is basic on this site, able to browse through author lists and find links to other sites containing information about the author.

Discovery features (pre-made playlists; dynamic lists: lists of recent additions, featured items, related items, etc).
Interactivity and Web 2.0 features

Little interactivity on this site.

Other notes

Parts of this site seem to be under construction or haven't been updated in a year.