International Ted Hughes Conference - Registration Open

Registration is now open for 'Poetry in the Making': The 8th International Ted Hughes Conference, to be hosted by Cardiff University at Gregynog Hall, 28th-30th August 2018.

The International Ted Hughes Conference is a wonderful opportunity to meet Hughes readers from all over the world, and hear a range of papers from the forefront of the flourishing field of Hughes studies. There is also a strong tradition of poetic presence at the conference, and this year will include a reading from former National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke.

Full details of how to register can be found on the conference website.

We look forward to seeing everyone at Gregynog Hall in August!

Ted Hughes Memorial Lecture, 7th July 2018

The bi-annual Ted Hughes Memorial Lecture will be given this year by the former editor-in-chief of Faber & Faber, Robert McCrum at the Ways with Words Festival of Words and Ideas taking place at Dartington Hall on 7th July 2018.

Robert McCrum will be drawing on his own memories of working with Hughes as well as his sustained reading of the poet's work to explore Hughes's fascination with William Shakespeare, and to offer a reappraisal of Hughes's prose work.

For more information about the lecture and about the full ten-day programme of the festival, please check out the website.

International Ted Hughes Conference - CfP Deadline Changed

Due to the disruption caused by the recent industrial action in the UK university sector, the organisers of 'Poetry in the Making' the 8th International Ted Hughes Conference, have extended the deadline for paper proposals to 30th April 2018. So for anyone who was sitting on the fence, there's now more time to get a proposal together and join what is sure to be a marvellous few days discussion of Hughes.

Check out the conference website for full details.

International Ted Hughes Conference - Call for Papers Reminder

This is just a quick reminder for those who might be planning on submitting a proposal to deliver a paper at 'Poetry in the Making': the 8th International Ted Hughes Conference, at Cardiff University, 28th-30th August 2018.

The deadline for the CfP is 31st March 2018, now only two weeks away.

Topics which papers could explore (but need not be limited to) include:

The literary afterlives of Hughes

Birthday Letters 20 years on

Dialogues with Hughes: literary friendships

Hughes and folklore

Hughes and medievalism

Hughes’s bestiary

Hughes’s prose

Hughes and tradition

Hughes and farming

Hughes’s writing for children

Hughes and place

Hughes’s manuscripts

Hughes and fishing

Hughes and Cambridge

Hughes and the Romantics

Hughes and translation

Hughes and visual culture

Hughes and Plath

Hughes and the environment

Hughes’s laureateship

For more details please see the conference website.

8th International Ted Hughes Conference - Call for Papers

'Poetry in the Making', the 8th International Ted Hughes Conference, to be hosted at Cardiff University, 28th-30th August 2018, has issued a Call for Papers.

The International Ted Hughes Conference is the major event within Hughes Studies and the Society would warmly encourage any of its members or readers of its Journal to consider submitting a proposal to join in what will be sure to be a friendly, stimulating and robust event.

For full details of the conference, including plenary speakers please see the conference website.

The CfP closes on 31st March 2018.

Congratulations to Lord Melvyn Bragg and Sir Michael Morpurgo

The Ted Hughes Society would like to extend its warm congratulations to two of the Society's patrons who received honours in the New Year's List.

Lord Melvyn Bragg of Wigton was named to the Order of Companions of Honour, for services to Broadcasting and the Arts.

Sir Michael Morpurgo was named to the Order of the Knights Bachelor, the services to literature and charity.

For full details of the awards please see the full honours list

Yvonne Reddick - Ted Hughes: Environmentalist and Ecopoet

The Society is delighted to announce the publication of a new book on Hughes by one of our members, Yvonne Reddick of the University of Central Lancashire: Ted Hughes: Environmentalist and Ecopoet


Drawing on cutting-edge research in ecocriticism and environmental poetics, Yvonne's book is an important new contribution not only to Hughes studies but to environmental studies more widely.

For more information and to purchase the book from its publisher, Palgrave MacMillan, please click here.

New Issue of the Ted Hughes Society Journal

The Ted Hughes Society is pleased to announce the publication of the latest issue of the Ted Hughes Society Journal.

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As well as showcasing a beautiful new design for the journal, this issue features the first selection of essays drawn from the recent colloquium hosted by the Ted Hughes Network at the University of Huddersfield in June 2017, and includes discussions of Hughes's relationship with Sylvia Plath, his reading of D.H. Lawrence and his place within Yorkshire and Irish contexts.

The Society is also pleased to announce that this issue of the Ted Hughes Society Journal represents a significant step in the widening of readership for high-quality scholarship and research on Hughes, as this is the first issue available open-access to all interested readers. 

This issue of the Journal can be accessed here.

Festival of Wild Atlantic Writing: in the footsteps of Ted Hughes

An event of considerable interest to readers of Hughes will be taking place later this month at Doonreagan, the house in Connemara where Ted Hughes and Assia Wevill lived in 1966. The Festival of Wild Atlantic Writing will be bringing together an array of speakers to explore the rich literary heritage of this beautiful part of Ireland.

For full details of the programme and the opportunity to book a place, please visit the Doonreagan website here.

‘Recent Publications’: Coming Soon to the Ted Hughes Society website

Have you published on Ted Hughes’s works in whole or in part in the last three years? If so please send full details to the Ted Hughes Society Bibliographer, Danny O’Connor, at

Danny is keeping Keith Sagar’s bibliography up to date for the Society (and inserting items that Keith missed). We intend to maintain a list on this website of recent publications, including web availability of early obscure publications (Terry Gifford’s 1978 essay on the Wodwo play ‘The Wound’ is now available on his website, for example, together with his 2001 interview with Fay Godwin for Thumbscrew) and research disseminated via filmed talks or podcasts.

If you find a publication, talk text, or podcast that we might have missed, do sent details to Danny just in case it might have been overlooked.

Meanwhile Mark Wormald has published an article on Hughes’s images of river entomology, ‘Poetic electrons – Ted Hughes and the wonder of flies’ in Gamefisher 2017, pp. 46-49, which can be obtained by sending a cheque for £10.00 payable to ‘Salmon and Trout Conservation UK’ at PO Box 1301, Maidstone, ME14 9PX (E:; W:

But we would also like to hear from you. So keep Danny informed of upcoming publications.

New Issue of the Ted Hughes Society Journal

The Society is pleased to announce the publication of the latest issue of The Ted Hughes Society Journal.


The issue features essays on a range of subjects including Hughes's interests in the occult, ecology, and fishing, as well as further reflections on Jonathan Bate's recent biography, reviews and an editorial. The issue is available free of charge to all members of the Society, and can be accessed here.

If you aren't yet a member of the Society, then just click here, sign up and get reading...

Ted Hughes Society Patron: Lord Melvyn Bragg

We are pleased to announce that Lord Melvyn Bragg has agreed to become a patron of the Ted Hughes Society.

A renowned writer and broadcaster, Lord Bragg writes:


Ted Hughes is an outstanding poet – one of the best we have had.  I read his work from the first collection he published.  We became friends and I feel very honoured to be asked to be a Patron of the Ted Hughes Society.  


We are very grateful to Lord Bragg for lending his support to the work of the Ted Hughes Society, and helping promote the scholarly discussion of Hughes's work.

Sylvia Plath: Letters, Words and Fragments - Call for Papers

In October 2017, the first volume of The Letters of Sylvia Plath will be published by Faber and Faber. In anticipation of this major event in scholarship, the Faculty of Arts at Ulster University are organising a major conference on Plath, her writing and her contexts.

The conference will take place 10th-11th November 2017 in Belfast. For full details and for the Call for Papers, please see the conference website.

Huddersfield Performance of OBRA Theatre Production of "Gaudete"

The OBRA Theatre Company's new production of Gaudete will be having its only performances within Yorkshire at the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield on Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th March.

This will be a great opportunity to see an interpretation of one of Hughes's most powerful works, staged right in the heart of 'Hughes Country'.

For more details and for ticket bookings, see the LBT website:

Ted Hughes Society Patron: Michael Morpurgo

We are pleased to announce that Michael Morpurgo OBE, FRSL, FKC, DL has agreed to become a Patron of the Ted Hughes Society.

Ted Hughes was a family friend and a great supporter of 'Farms for City Children' which Michael and his wife Clare established at Nethercott House, Devon, in 1976.

Michael writes: ‘I should be honoured to be a Patron of the Ted Hughes Society. He was a great friend, my chief mentor, and a huge influence on our lives. We miss his glow.’


Ted Hughes Society Patron: Marina Warner

We are delighted to announce that the first Patron of the Ted Hughes Society is Marina Warner DBE, FRSL, FBA. Ted Hughes thought that Marina’s review in the TLS of Shakespeare and the Goddess of Complete Being was perhaps the only one to understand what he had been about. He wrote to her, ‘I knew that our academic friends would leap into the role that I through Shakespeare have given them: Angelo’s, and that my book would appear to them as the stews of Vienna’.

At the 2016 dinner for Ted’s birthday, hosted by our partners the Elmet Trust, Marina said, ‘It was Ted Hughes’s deep receptivity and generosity to others – I was lucky but I was only one of numerous recipients – that stood out for me in the little time I knew him’.

We are grateful to Marina for her support for the work of the Ted Hughes Society and will be pleased to welcome her into our conversations and events.

Institutional Membership of the Ted Hughes Society

The Ted Hughes Society is pleased to announce that we are extending institutional membership to all members of The Elmet Trust, The Ted Hughes Project (South Yorkshire) and The Ted Hughes Network.

Members of these organisations can now enjoy the full benefits of Society membership, including access to The Ted Hughes Society Journal where they can read the latest cutting-edge scholarship on Hughes's life and work.

If you are a member of any of these organisations, please get in touch with your contacts there and they will explain how to access the journal.