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Stewart Lee backs campaign to save Welsh writer Arthur Machen's books and papers

His fans include Mick Jagger, Barry Humphries, Stephen King and former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams.

The Caerleon-born writer Arthur Machen still commands a cult following.

But the museum that houses the only collection of his work in the UK faces closure.

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Machen isn't exactly what you'd call a household name.

But more than 150 years after his birth, his fans are speaking up.

There are so many fantastic things about Arthur Machen and they come into focus at different stages in your life.

It's conceivable that there'll come a point in the not too distant future where people will find it absolutely inconceivable that this stuff was not preserved in the place that's the most appropriate to it.

– Stewart Lee, comedian

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Some of Machen's best-known works are the controversial The Great God Pan, the semi-autobiographical The Hill of Dreams, and The Bowmen.

The book tells a story of 15th century archers appearing on a First World War battlefield to protect British troops.

But it began to be taken at face value, giving rise to the myth of 'angels' actually appearing at the Battle of Mons.

The myth of the Angels of Mons has been depicted by several artists, including Alfred Pearce Credit: York Art Gallery

Machen was born in Caerleon in 1863. A collection of his work and papers - the only one in the UK - is kept at the central library in nearby Newport.

But the building faces closure as Newport City Council tries to cut £10million from its budget.

It says the building, which also houses the city's museum, is in need of expensive repairs.

The current central library building is not fit for purpose with work in the region of more than £2 million needed to bring it up to standard – money that the council does not have.

The proposals do not affect the contents and stock of the libraries, including books and collections of cultural significance and historic value.

Should any decision require moving items, the council would follow all of the correct professional processes and all collections would be secured and kept safe during transportation.

– Newport City Council

A consultation on the proposals is still going on, and ends on January 16.

It has a huge number of first editions, some very rare manuscripts, letters, and it would be a great shame if it was disassembled or moved out of the county.

It should stay within the county. He is a son of Gwent and one of its finest writers

– Godfrey Brangham, founder, Friends of Arthur Machen

Machen died in 1947. His fame may have risen and fallen over the years, but his fans are determined for his work to live on.