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Celebrating the life and work of Ted Hughes

 

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                                                                             THE 2018 TED HUGHES FESTIVAL


                                                                                                 19th to 21st October 2018


The 2018 Ted Hughes Festival will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the death of the poet laureate Ted Hughes and the 50th anniversary of the publication of his book The Iron Man. There are six  events planned by the Elmet Trust:


 


                                                      Friday 19th October


                       4.30pm TEA WITH TED, LAURA AND THE IRON MAN


In St Michael's Parish Hall, this after school event, comprises a talk/demonstration by Laura Carlin, illustrator of the recently published new edition of The Iron Man. Laura will show how she created her illustrations and how they relate to Hughes’ text. Laura  will also announce the winners of the children’s art competition and present copies of the book to the winners.                         


This will be a free event.


 


                       7.30pm SIMON ARMITAGE AND FRIEDA HUGHES


In Hope Baptist Chapel, an evening of poetry readings/talks by Simon Armitage and Frieda Hughes;


  


            Saturday 20th October


                       GUIDED TOURS OF TED HUGHES BIRTHPLACE


 At certain times during the day, to be announced, there will be guided tours of Ted Hughes birthplace, the inspiration for eight of his poems.


 


                   2pm POETRY CAFE


 In the Erringden Room of St Michael's Hall there will be a three hour Poetry Café. It will comprise six notable, Yorkshire-based poets,


 Mark Hinchliffe, Sheila Wild, Charlotte Wetton, Judith Willson, Alison Lock, and Neil Clarkson, each of whom will read a selection of their


own poems. This is very much in the spirit of Ted Hughes’ approach to poetry, where his public readings were, for him, a priority and highly renowned.


 


                      5pm CHILDREN'S AND ADULTS' POETRY COMPETITION AWARDS


In St Michael's Parish Hall,  Yvonne Reddick, winner of a Northern Writer's Award, and who recently published her book


‘Ted Hughes: Environmentalist and Ecopoet’,  as the judge of this year’s children’s and adults’ Poetry Competitions, will announce the


winners and give a talk.


 


                                                                                        Sunday 21st October


                         11am GUIDED TED HUGHES WALK


 A guided Ted Hughes walk or possibly two in the Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd area, where Hughes was born and spent his early childhood. (2-4 hours stout footwear required)


 

For further information, or if you would like to volunteer to help us make the 2018 Festival a success, please email the membership secretary at elmetsec@hotmail.co.uk

 

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