Thursday 26. May 2011
Foxgloves above Mytholmroyd

Foxgloves above Mytholmroyd

Able Cross, Crimsworth Deane

Able Cross, Crimsworth Deane

Rochdale Canal, Mytholmroyd

Rochdale Canal, Mytholmroyd

The Bride Stones

The Bride Stones

The Bride Stones

The Bride Stones

The Bride Stones

The Bride Stones

The Bride Stones

The Bride Stones

Glyn Hughes

It is with great sadness that I've learned today, that Glyn Hughes has died.

Glyn was a poet, fiction and non-fiction writer and a painter. And he was a great story-teller. He had a sharp mind, a great sense of humour and a lot of heart. He lived near Mytholmroyd, where Ted Hughes grew up, and wrote beautifully about the area.

Ted and Glyn knew each other and Ted admired Glyn's writing in Where I used to play on the Green, for example.

Glyn loved to be out. He pointed me to several places such as the Bride Stones, which he and Ted where very fond of. He also took me to Stubbing Warf on the canal which was the local pub of Ted's father.

I still remember a grand evening several years ago – full of stories, lots of laughter, good wine and the best Shepherd's Pie I've ever had, made by his lovely wife/partner Liz.

For the past years, Glyn had suffererd from lymphoma and seemed on a long way of discovery. I have been lucky enough to have visited him in September before the Hughes Conference.

We sat in the kitchen and talked – about personal things (we hadn't seen each other for years) and his upcoming poetry collection The Year in the Bull-Box. We also talked about the bull-box itself (a stone hut in the Ribble Valey where he had been writing), and about his recent bout of writing and painting. He was weak but cheerful, even joked as he always did.

He said how much his illness had changed his writing and how much he enjoyed to be writing and painting at full tilt. Then, early this year he wrote: "I wish the man with the scythe had come 50 years ago, he has taught me a lot of late." A sentence such as this was typical of Glyn.

I'm never sure what to say on such occassions, and most of it probably sounds trivial. But he'll be much, much missed. My condolences are with his partner Liz.

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Weblinks:

You can leave your thoughts and memories on the Hebdenbridge website.

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Glyn's Website is at glynhughes.co.uk.

It has pictures, more information on his books as well as some audio recordings of him reading some of his poems.

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Related News: A Year in the Bull-Box.