Celebrating work of Mexborough poet Ted

Poet Ted Hughes
Poet Ted Hughes

The first ever Ted Hughes Poetry Festival is taking place in the celebrated poet’s childhood town of Mexborough this weekend.

Poets, writers and musicians are set to descend on the town for a three day celebration of the former poet laureate’s work and life.

Events will take place between Friday, July 3, and Sunday, July 5, in and around the former Mexborough Grammar School, now Mexborough Business Centre on College Road, which Ted attended as a youngster.

The festival has been organised by Doncaster-based arts project Right Up Our Street in collaboration with a group of Hughes’ supporters.

Dominic Somers, arts supporter for Right Up Our Street, said: “We are sure that the festival will develop creativity — poetry, writing and art — in and around Mexborough, in Hughes’s name.”

Ted lived in Mexborough between 1938-51. He was Poet Laureate from 1984 until his death in 1998. Poet and author Steve Ely will kick off the festival with a talk entitled ‘Made in Mexborough: Ted Hughes’s South Yorkshire’ on Friday at 5.30pm, followed by a poetry reading by Ian Parks and music from Mick Jenkinson. Visit www.tedhughesproject.org