The 2018 Ted Hughes Poetry Festival

We are delighted to announce that the fourth Ted Hughes Poetry Festival will take place over the weekend of 7 – 9 September 2018. We’ve devised an exciting and diverse programme of events at venues in and around Mexborough, including readings and performances from acclaimed poets Moor Mother, Mike Garry and Kate Fox. The festival weekend […]

The Pike Project

‘The Pike Project’ took place on the second day of the Ted Hughes Festival weekend, Saturday 24 June 2017, in the market on Mexborough High Street, and  later that evening at Mexborough Business Centre. Lead artist Pete Olding took as the theme Hughes’s poem ‘Pike’.  Members of the public were encouraged to help paint an image […]

Write On Mexborough!

Write On Mexborough! A Free Creative Writing group for the Don & Dearne Valleys Are you a budding writer — a novelist, poet, scriptwriter, or a writer of short-stories? Then why not join Write On Mexborough!, a creative writing group that aims to develop the talents of aspirant writers of all ages and stages of […]

Concertina Voices

Come one, come all to the Concertina Band Club Hall. Bring your poetry, scripts, prose, songs/music and your friends. Have a drink, a sing and a laugh. Concertina Voices meets at the Concertina Band Club, Mexborough, on the last Sunday of every month. All are welcome to read and perform their work as part of […]

Festival Weekend

The third annual Ted Hughes Poetry Festival takes place this weekend (Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th June) at Mexborough Business Centre, College Road, Mexborough, S64 9JP. We have a fabulous line up of performers and activities programmed for this year. Our headliner for Friday 23rd is Simon Armitage, poet, broadcaster, Professor of Poetry at Oxford and […]

The Ted Hughes Poetry Festival

The third Ted Hughes Poetry Festival takes place over the weekend of 23-25 June 2017 with a varied and exciting programme of events in and around Mexborough, including readings and performances from award-winning poets Simon Armitage, Vahni Capildeo and Linton Kwesi Johnson. Festival booking is now open; click on the programme links below for full […]

Incendium Amoris | Steve Ely

Incendium Amoris (‘The Fire of Love’) take as its starting point the writings, life and landscape of the fourteenth century mystic Richard Rolle, ‘the hermit of Hampole’, containing responses to his writings, re-imagined vignettes from his biography and psycho-geographical transformations of his landscape — which is also the author’s landscape. The book’s Catholic vision is […]

A Living Notebook | Helen Mort

As a child, I used to make up stories on the walk to school from my house in North East Derbyshire. The landscape where I grew up was the kind of place Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts might have described as ‘Edgelands’: half rural, half ex-industrial. It was Dennis Skinner’s constituency, just along from […]

Well Spoken! | Mick Jenkinson

Well Spoken! is Doncaster’s monthly poetry performance evening, which I’ve been hosting at Doncaster Brewery and Tap for the past two and a half years. The format is an informal open mic session, with the occasional guest spot from a visiting published poet. I’d been attending a writers’ group in Doncaster led by Ray Hearne […]