‘Poetry And ...’ as the crow flies: Ted Hughes as inspiration & muse
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‘Poetry And ...’ as the crow flies: Ted Hughes as inspiration & muse

‘Poetry And ...’ as the crow flies: Ted Hughes as inspiration & muse

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‘Poetry And ...’ as the crow flies: Ted Hughes as inspiration & muse

‘Perhaps there has been a sense that Hughes was not a man to be messed with… an image at odds with the supportive, generous, enigmatic person many found him to be’.
—Simon Armitage

‘None of the establishment stuff takes away from how dark and brilliant and deep and clever Ted Hughes is’.
—Max Porter

‘Poetry And…’ is King’s College London’s popular series of public readings that pair poets with other writers and thinkers, to highlight poetry’s ways of connecting to all areas of life. 

In this ‘Poetry And...’ event, chaired by Ruth Padel, publisher Max Porter reads from his multi-award-winning first book, Grief is a Thing with Feathers. In this novella, a widowed father and sons, mourning their mother, are visited by Ted Hughes’ protagonist Crow. Porter will discuss poetry and Ted Hughes with Hughes’s fellow Yorkshireman Simon Armitage, who has written about the shamanic qualities in Ted Hughes’s poetry, and Hughes’s interest in nature and the supernatural. Simon Armitage will read his own Yorkshire poems, will reminisce about hearing Hughes read in Hebden Bridge cinema when he was at school, and discuss the liberating, wild and darkly playful inspiration of Ted Hughes.

Simon Armitage is Oxford Professor of Poetry. He has won unprecedented critical and popular acclaim; his many awards are not only for his much-loved poetry collections but for work in other genres including radio, television, film, the stage and novels. In 2010 he was awarded the CBE for services to poetry.

Max Porter was born in 1981, studied History of Art at the Courtauld Institute, worked as a bookseller and is now Editorial Director at Granta Books. His first book Grief is a Thing with Feathers won the Dylan Thomas Prize and was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize and Guardian First Book Award.

Ruth Padel is an award winning poet, and Reader in Poetry at King’s. She has published ten poetry collections and several books on reading contemporary poetry. Her latest collection Learning to Make an Oud in Nazareth (2014), is a meditation on conflict and history.

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