Sunday 23. November 2008
Ted Hughes: The Spoken Word: Poems and Short Stories, 2008 (cover)

Ted Hughes: The Spoken Word: Poems and Short Stories, 2008 (cover)

Ted Hughes: The Spoken Word: Poems and Short Stories, 2008 (booklet cover)

Ted Hughes: The Spoken Word: Poems and Short Stories, 2008 (booklet cover)

Ted Hughes: Poetry in the Making, 2008 (cover)

Ted Hughes: Poetry in the Making, 2008 (cover)

Ted Hughes: Poetry in the Making, 2008 (booklet cover)

Ted Hughes: Poetry in the Making, 2008 (booklet cover)

British Library publishes Ted Hughes CD sets

The British Library has published two double-CD sets of recordings from the BBC archives. Each set comes with a booklet containing a short essay by Alice Oswald and details on the recordings.

Set one, "The Spoken Word: Poems and Short Stories" (143 minutes), contains the following:

  • two short stories from Wodwo ("The Harvesting" and "Snow")
  • poems drawn mostly from Lupercal, Wodwo, Prometheus on his Crag, Crow, Remains of Elmet, Moortown Diary, Earth-Numb and Adam and the Sacred Nine.


Set two, "The Spoken Word: Poetry in the Making" (141 minutes), collects Hughes's talks for the "Listening and Writing" programme (incl. the poems read for illustrating the points made):

  • "Capturing Animals",
  • "Moon Creatures",
  • "Learning to Think",
  • "Writing about Landscape" and
  • "Meet My Folks!" as well as
  • two broadcasts featuring Season Songs almost in its entirety.
  • A short talk on "Stealing Trout on a May Morning" is added as an extra.

Both sets are available from the British Library shop and from good booksellers.