Ted Hughes Poetry Festival 2016

The Ted Hughes Poetry Festival is back in Mexborough for the second year. This year's amazing line-up includes readings by Ian McMillan and Frieda Hughes, the daughter of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath.


Start Date: 18th June 2016, 13:00
End Date: 26th June 2016, 22:00

Event Info

Ted Hughes Festival 2016

We’re delighted to be partnering with the Ted Hughes Project- South Yorkshire again to bring the second Ted Hughes Poetry Festival to Mexborough. This year’s line-up includes a stellar cast of some of the best writers in Britain and a range of other events across an extended week long programme.

The ‘Three Ians’  – McMillan, Clayton and Parks – will get the festival off to a cracking start on the Friday night with a mixture of poetry, story and humour.  Saturday night will see a reading by acclaimed poet and artist Frieda Hughes  – Frieda is of course, Ted Hughes’s daughter.

Over the period of festival a range of other performances and activities will take place. Award winning and acclaimed poets Helen Mort, Greg Leadbetter, Vidyan Ravithiran, Cathy Galvin will give readings and Greg and Vidyan will participate (with Ed Reiss and Steve Ely) in a roundtable discussion, ‘Politics and Ted Hughes’.  Deborah Barrington, Zoe Bennett and Rowlie Wymer will give a talk about Pauline Mayne  – the English teacher who inspired Ted Hughes to become a poet: Pauline was Zoe and Deborah’s mother.

Nick Wilding will give a talk on Ted Hughes and the First World War and Mick Jenkinson will perform his acoustic arrangements of some of the ballads Ted Hughes would sing as an undergraduate in the pubs of Cambridge. Matthew Clegg and singer-songwriter Ray Hearne will reprising their popular ‘A Navigation’ performance trail, whilst poet Ed Reiss will lead a poetry walk from Mexborough to Sprotborough Falls.

Steve Ely and Dominic Somers will lead an updated version of the ever-popular ‘Ted Hughes’s Paper Round’, Ian Parks will host an evening devoted another Mexborough poet, Harold Massingham, and visual arts will be represented by photographer Karl Hurst’s Ted Hughes-based exhibition and Hughes-themed work from local art groups. There will be poetry-related public engagement activities on Mexborough High street and the launch of an anthology of writing from the festival-sponsored ‘Write on Mexborough!’ creative writing group.

For full details and to book tickets visit www.tedhughesproject.org

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