The next Ted Hughes conference will probably be held at Exeter University, England.

Past Conferences

There have been several conferences focussing on Ted Hughes's work since the 1980s.

  • The first Ted Hughes conference was held at Manchester, in 1980, organized by Keith Sagar. Its proceedings have been collected in The Achievement of Ted Hughes. A detailed listing for this publication is available in the Criticism section.
  • The second Ted Hughes conference was again organized by Keith Sagar in 1990. Its proceedings went into the volume The Challenge of Ted Hughes. For this publication, too, a detailed listing is available in the Criticism section.
  • Some time in 1994 or 1995 there seems to have been a get-together of several scholars in Cairo as part of another conference. This was counted as a conference proper, when the current conference count was established.
  • In February 2000, an international Ted Hughes conference was held in Lyon (France). It was organized by Joanny Moulin and Adolphe Haberer. The proceedings of this have been published in Ted Hughes: Alternative Horizons (Routledge, 2004). A listing of the contributions to the conference and further information on the event have been collected on a separate page: Ted Hughes Conference, Lyon 2000.
  • In 2002 (31 Oct to 02 Nov 2002), Indiana University, Bloomington, held a Sylvia Plath Symposium commemorating the poet's 70th birthday.
  • In 2005, "Fixed Stars Govern a Life: the 5th International Ted Hughes Conference" was held at Emory University, Atlanta, between 5 and 7 October 2005.
  • "Ted Hughes and the Classics" is the title of a conference to be held by the School of History and Classics, Edinburgh University, November 25th–27th
  • From 15-18 September 2010 the "sixth" Ted Hughes conference took place at Pembroke College, Cambridge, England under the title "From Cambridge to 'Collected'". Details here.