For the more intrepid readers of Hughes amongst us, there are some exciting events this summer.
First of all, the Ted Hughes Network are organising walking tours of Hughes’s Upper Calder Valley. Steve Ely, the Director of the Network writes:
A group of us from the Ted Hughes Network at Huddersfield are walking Hughes’s Upper Calder Valley (2 more-or-less full days of walking, Friday 14th and Friday 28th June, both walks beginning at 9.30am in Mytholmroyd) with cartographer Christopher Goddard, who we’ve commissioned to create three literary trail maps for our ‘Discovering Ted Hughes’s Yorkshire’ project.
The trails are: Mytholmroyd and environs; Stubbing Wharf–Colden Valley-Heptonstall circular and Crimsworth Dene. We’ll matching locations to poems, other writings and Hughes’s life, drawing extensively on the local researches of Donald Crossley, Nick Wilding and Ruth Crossley as well as the work of the scholarly community.
If any Society members would like to join us they’d be more than welcome. Anyone interested should drop me an email for more details.
Then the Ted Hughes Society itself is offering a series of occasional walks. The first of these will be led by Mark Wormald to the Ted Hughes memorial stone on Dartmoor. Meet at the car park just north of Belstone (south of the A30) at 10am on Friday 2 August (OS map OL28 'Dartmoor' : 621938). Please check the details of this walk and be prepared for it: http://www.bbc.co.uk/devon/outdoors/walks/ted_hughes_memorial.shtml
When you are sure that you are coming it would be useful to let Prof. Terry Gifford, the Chair of the Ted Hughes Society know via email.