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! 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 […]
On the 13th April 2017, the first fringe event for the upcoming Ted Hughes Poetry Festival was held with a poetry showcase, followed by an open mic from Well Spoken! hosted at Doncaster Brewery. The guest poets were introduced by Brian Lewis, founder editor of Sheffield-based publisher Longbarrow Press. The three poets who read were Matthew Clegg, Karl […]
Here’s a selection of photos from Saturday’s Poetry Walk & Workshop at RSPB Old Moor with poet and birder John Whale. The weather was kind, as were the people. We hope to make more events like this in the future. See the Festival page for details of what’s coming up in June 2017.
In the summer of 2016 I was appointed Director of the Ted Hughes Network in the English Literature & Creative Writing Subject Area at the University of Huddersfield. The University is virtually equidistant from Hughes’s two major Yorkshire centres of Mytholmroyd and Mexborough, and is thus ideally located to become a hub for Hughes studies. […]
Ahead of the main Ted Hughes Poetry Festival weekend (23 – 25 June 2017), we’ve programmed a series of one-off events that highlight our engagement with place. The first of these is a morning of birding and poetry at RSPB Old Moor on Saturday 20 May, with poet (‘Waterloo Teeth’, ‘Frieze’), Professor of Romantic Literature […]
Years ago, I had a dream in which I was giving a poetry reading at my old middle school, and Ted Hughes was in the audience. He was a kind of shade, or revenant, come back from the dead – like a ghost out of Homer. The reading I was giving was fairly conventional. I’d […]