A festival tribute to Valley poet Ted

Jeni Wetton and Donald Crossley, from the Elmet Trust, at Ted Hughes birthplace in Aspinall Street, Mytholmroyd.
Jeni Wetton and Donald Crossley, from the Elmet Trust, at Ted Hughes birthplace in Aspinall Street, Mytholmroyd.
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THE annual Ted Hughes festival is gearing up to celebrate the live, loves and works of the Mytholmroyd-born poet.

The Elmet Trust has put together another literature festival which will be held between October 21 and 23.

Writers including Anne Fine and Liz Lochhead will come to the Ted Hughes theatre as part of the event.

There will also be a talk by the writer’s friend Keith Sagar and Noel Chanan will show a documentary based on a previously unreleased recording made in 1983.

British Library archivist Helen Broderick, who worked on the Ted Hughes archive, will attend.

On Saturday a temporary poetry cafe will spring up and there will be a GeoCache poetry walk with Andrew McMillan.

Visitors are also being invited to walk in the footsteps of the young Ted Hughes while younger fans can meet storyteller Margaret McAllister in Mytholmroyd library.

Ursula Holden Gill will also hold a walk for younger guests.

“This was such a sell out last year, we just had to ask Ursula back” said festival director Jeni Wetton. “As well as this there is also a rare opportunity to read your own poems to an audience in Ted Hughes’ birth-house in Mytholmroyd.”

For up and coming poets Hebden Bridge Library is the venue on October 23 where there will be a whole day of poetry workshops led by poets for poets. The day includes lunch and is a joint venture between The Elmet Trust and Calderdale Reader Development. For more information and a booking form see: www.calderdale.gov.uk/community/libraries.

The festival finale is a unique poetry and music concert performed in St. Michael’s Church, by Trio Verso – a collaboration whose work refocuses the 1950s poetry and jazz movement for a 21st century audience. In CD Storm Chaser, poet Brian Johnstone explores different interpretations of his texts in reaction to the sounds and rhythms created by various instruments.

To book visit www.wegottickets.com or from Hebden Bridge Visitor Centre. For further enquirires contact anna.turner@calderdale.gov.uk or visit www.theelmettrust.co.uk.