Start Date: 3rd July 2015, 00:00
End Date: 5th July 2015, 00:00
We have been supporting a new group established in Mexborough to raise the awareness of South Yorkshire’s impact on Ted Hughes as a poet.
Hughes moved to Mexborough in 1938 when his parents bought a newsagent’s shop, and lived there for 13 years. It was in Mexborough that Hughes became a poet, writing his first verses for the school magazine ‘The Don and Dearne’. Hughes left Mexborough for university and went on to become one of the greatest poets of the English language and Poet Laureate from 1984-1998. The themes that underpin much of Hughes’ poetry – nature, animals, fishing, folklore, mythology, religion – largely developed from his education and experiences exploring the landscape of Mexborough and the surrounding area.
This year the Ted Hughes Project, South Yorkshire, have organised the inaugural Ted Hughes Poetry Festival (3-5 July) in Mexborough. The main venue for the festival is the old grammar school Hughes attended and provides a unique environment to celebrate his work.
For more information and tickets visit http://www.tedhughesproject.org