Tuesday 12 November 6 for 6.30pm. Tickets: £10/£20 with supper. Tickets are available from Bridport TIC (t: 01308 424901). Please phone Sladers Yard 01308 459511 to reserve supper.
Few people knew that Ted Hughes was ill when he died in Devon 15 years ago. It felt as though part of the landscape had spirited itself away after a lifetime of making us want to look at the natural world around us and stand next to him in it.
But where did that distinctive Hughes voice come from? And what were the triggers that spurred him on, extending his early grasp of the elemental potency of life-in-language further and deeper than the nature and landscape of his native Yorkshire, into the creation myth of Crow, other worlds of farm and river especially in the West Country, and inspirational late flowerings as both a translator and a love poet?
To mark the fifteenth anniversary of his death at the age of 67, Graham Fawcett sets out on a personal journey through the poetry of Ted Hughes, whom he knew in Devon during the 1970s, a man whose originality of utterance and output made him one of the outstanding English poets of the twentieth or any other century.
GRAHAM FAWCETT gives courses, seminars, tutorials, lectures, poetry lunches, and other one-day events on reading and writing poetry. He has been a tutor for The Poetry School in London since 1997, devising and teaching new courses on poetry past and present from around the world. He has written and presented radio programmes about literature and music on BBC Radio 3 for many years and has entertained and enthralled audiences at most of the UK’s main literary festivals.
Sponsored by: Wild and Homeless Books as part of the Bridport Literary Festival.