Sunday 05. September 2010
Mytholmroyd, Path from Banksfields to the Heights Road

Mytholmroyd, Path from Banksfields to the Heights Road

Radioplay based on Ted Hughes's life

The play is made available as free-to-download/-listen and is based on memories of Donald Crossley who as a child occassionally played with Ted and his friends. Please note, however, that the play should be treated as fiction based on memories rather than factual biography.

Ann writes that one incident in the play records Donald's version of an incident from the story "The Deadfall": "[...] however, Olwyn Hughes tells me that Ted's ivory fox was not really found at the Deadfall – but that Ted did collect netsuke and there was certainly a fox amongst those [...]".

Several other incidents referred to are more fiction than fact as well.

Further details and download links here at The Independent website.

My essay on Ted Hughes and childhood memories contains some additional information on some of the events referred to. It also touches on the fox story and the emergence of different and changing memories of the same events by childhood friends and by Hughes himself.