Ted Hughes Poetry Festival 2016

"The Ted Hughes Poetry Festival is the liveliest poetry festival in the UK. It arises from the community, embraces the community, and takes them to other worlds."
Professor David Morley. winner of the Ted Hughes Award

We were delighted to again support the Ted Hughes Poetry Festival in Mexborough this year. The festival is an all embracing celebration of community, poetry and art with a fun engaging approach.

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Hundreds of people visited Mexborough over the festival weekend, 24-26 June 2016, to hear readings from the leading lights of UK poetry. The ‘Three Ians’, McMillan, Clayton and Parks, got the festival off to a flying start with a mixture of poetry and storytelling.McMillan and Clayton had the crowd in hysterics with witty observations of Yorkshire life and Parks’ added poignant reflections on the post-coal era with his poems Wheel and Registry of Births and Deaths.

The Saturday line-up was headlined by Frieda Hughes, Helen Mort and Cathy Galvin, A remarkable coup for the festival, especially Frieda Hughes reading from the stage of her father’s school.

Sunday saw the return of the ever popular Ted Hughes Paper Round with Steve Ely and Dominic Somers. The walk follows in the footsteps of Hughes’ paper round from Mexborough to Old Denaby, the landscape that so inspired him. A fitting end to the festival weekend was a celebration of poet Harold Massingham at the Imperial Club, a contemporary of Hughes.

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