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'He could teach me anything'

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St John The Baptist C Of E Church

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Mexborough

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Our opening event of 2018 is FREE and deeply rooted in our local community. Join us for a tribute to John Fisher, Ted Hughes’s — and Mexborough Grammar School’s — inspirational English teacher.

John Fisher taught at Mexborough Grammar School from the late 1930s until the early 1970s, serving variously as a teacher of English, Head of English and Head of Sixth Form. Fisher is most famous for his influence on his protégé Ted Hughes — along with the equally charismatic Pauline Mayne — he inspired Hughes to become a poet and famously helped him negotiate the entrance requirements for Cambridge University.

Hughes was always eager to recognise Fisher’s seminal influence on him, and remained a close friend of Fisher until the latter’s death in 1980. Hughes composed a moving eulogy for Fisher, which he read at his funeral at Mexborough St. John the Baptist Church. Later in life Hughes said of Fisher that he ‘loved’ him, so ‘he could teach me anything’.

Important as it is, and proud of it as he was, Fisher’s influence on Mexborough goes far beyond Ted Hughes — generations of Mexborough Grammar School students remember Fisher’s pedagogical and personal influence with great fondness and gratitude, and we will be hearing tributes from some of them— written and in person —on the night. The evening will also include readings of work by poets that were important to Fisher.

Join us at Mexborough St. John the Baptist Church on Tuesday 24th April, from 6.30pm. The event is FREE and starts at 7pm and will run until 8.15pm.

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