The Ted Hughes Festival 2011
The dates for this year's Ted Hughes Festival will be Friday 21st October to Sunday 23rd October at various venues across Mytholmroyd and the surrounding area. I am delighted to announce that amongst our guests will be the celebrated poet Liz Lochhead and the writer, most well known for her children's literature, Anne Fine.
On the academic front Keith Sagar will be giving a lecture based on his forthcoming book due to be published next year. The theme, I believe, is around the correspondence between him and Ted Hughes. Anyone who heard Keith's spell-binding lecture at the 2009 festival on Ted's relationship with fishing will know that this is one not to be missed.
We are excited that the archivist, Helen Broderick, who has had the responsibility of cataloguing Ted's archive for The British Library, will return to tell us how she has sorted out all those boxes as the archive becomes public for the first time. Last time Helen visited Mytholmroyd she showed us pictures of Ted's study in Devon and revealed fascinating details such as Ted's notebooks being bent where he had sat on them in his pockets. I felt wonderfully privileged as I listened to Tales from the Digital Archive that went out on BBC Radio 4 recently to know that we, in The Elmet Trust, had heard these details before the rest of the world. We look forward to welcoming Helen back.
There will also be walks, children's events, local writers featured and a poetry Open Mic evening to continue our work of supporting Ted's literary legacy in The Calder Valley.
All events are now confirmed so visit our Events Page for full listings and booking details