Wednesday 23. March 2011
Mexborough Canal Bridge

Mexborough Canal, view towards Manor Farm, Old Denaby

Dedication by John Fisher

Dedication by John Fisher in Hughes' copy of The White Goddess, presented to Ted Hughes (Image by kind permission of Emory University Library © Emory University Library)

Norman Nicholson, John Fisher and Ted Hughes

David Boyd, who is researching a biography of Cumbrian poet Norman Nicholson, alerted me to the link between Ted Hughes' teacher at Mexborough Grammar School, John Fisher, Norman Nicholson and Hughes himself. 

Fisher, who had been schoolmate of Norman Nicholson at Millom, had encouraged Ted's writing from early on.

Read more about this fascinating connection in an article by David Boyd at Vulpes Libris and in another article by David at BigCityLit.