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 […]

Poetry and Birding walk and workshop

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.

The Ted Hughes Network | Steve Ely

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. […]

Poetry and Birding at RSPB Old Moor

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 […]