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NLI acquires illustrations from Annie West’s The Late Night Writers Club

Collection contains hundreds of original illustrations, drawings and drafts from the graphic novel

Wednesday, 13 March 2024
Ciare Kerrigan, Annie West and Dr Audrey Whitty sitting on stairs

Ciare Kerrigan (NLI), Annie West and Dr Audrey Whitty, NLI Director

This week the NLI was delighted to acquire a visual archive from illustrator Annie West, created as part of her graphic novel The Late Night Writers Club.

The Sligo-based illustrator is one of only a small number of book illustrators in Ireland still working only on paper. The visual archive contains more than 105 full-colour original pen and ink illustrations, 272 pages of drafts and notes, along with work in progress photos and videos.

The Late Night Writers Club tells the story of a talented debut author, who takes refuge in the NLI on Dublin’s Kildare Street in search of last-minute inspiration when suffering from writer’s block and mysterious headaches. While there, the author meets a host of Irish literary greats, including James Joyce, WB Yeats, Sean O’Casey, Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, Seamus Heaney, Elizabeth Bowen, Maeve Binchy, Maria Edgeworth, Patricia Lynch and Katherine Tynan, among others.

The collection will be made available to the public when it has been catalogued.

Read the full press release.

Annie West with artwork standing in the NLI's Art Room

Annie West holding one of her illustrations