Friday 30. August 2013
"Ted Hughes: From Cambridge to

"Ted Hughes: From Cambridge to Collected"; front cover

Collected"; front cover

"Ted Hughes: From Cambridge to Collected"; verso

Ted Hughes: From Cambridge to Collected

The 2010 conference volume Ted Hughes: From Cambridge to Collected, edited by Mark Wormald, Neil Roberts and Terry Gifford has been published by Palygrave Macmillan. It contains contributions presented at the conference and a few other items (see below).

The announcement reads:

"This book offers new insights into neglected but essential aspects of the work of one of the major twentieth-century poets - Ted Hughes. New essays by his friends and fellow poets Seamus Heaney and Simon Armitage lead a collection of largely new voices in Hughes studies offering fresh readings and newly available archival research. Beyond the poetry and stories, these contributors draw upon recordings, notebooks, letters, writing for children, prose essays and translations. Several contributors have carried out new interviews and correspondence for this book. For the first time, this book challenges established views about Hughes's speaking voice, poetic rhythms, study at Cambridge, influence of other poets, engagement with Christianity, farming, fishing and healing. Close readings of popular texts are accompanied by new arguments and contexts that show the importance of works hitherto overlooked."



  1. The Ascent of Ted Hughes: Conquering the Calder Valley – Simon Armitage
  2. Hughes and Cambridge – Neil Roberts
  3. Mythology, Mortality and Memorialisation: Animal and Human Endurance in Hughes' Poetry – Laura Webb
  4. Hughes's Inner Music – David Sergeant
  5. Knowing the Bible Right Down to the Bone: Ted Hughes and Christianity – David Troupes
  6. Hughes's Vacanas: The Difficulties of a Bridegroom – Ann Skea
  7. 'The Fox is a jolly farmer and we farm the same land': Ted Hughes and Farming – David Whitley
  8. Fishing for Ted – Mark Wormald
  9. Traumatic Repetition in Capriccio – Lynda Bundtzen
  10. Seamus Heaney and Ted Hughes: A Complex Friendship – Henry Hart
  11. 'I fear a man of frugal speech': Hughes and Emily Dickinson – Gillian Groswezski
  12. Ted Hughes and Federico García Lorca: the Tragic Theatre of Mourning – Yvonne Reddick
  13. Hughes: Illness – Edward Hadley
  14. 'The Ted Hughesness of Ted Hughes' – The Construction of a 'voice' in Hughes's Poetry Readings and Recordings – Carrie Smith
  15. Suffering and Decision – Seamus Heaney

Further information is available from Opens external link in new windowPalgrave Macmillan.