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View of Mytholmroyd from Heights Rd. Mytholmroyd is the small town in Yorkshire, where Ted Hughes was born in 1930.

NEWS Archive 2000

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January 2001:

This site has undergone major revisions and a complete re-design. I have also added material. Please let me know if there is anything that is not working properly. I hope you'll find your way through it.

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Ann Skea has placed further articles of her study of Poetry and Magic in Birthday Letters on-line. Her site is a http://ann.skea.com.

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Keith Sagar's essay on Alcestis [On-line essay] is now available for you to read at this site. So is a poem of his on Ted Hughes.

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William Scammell, born on January 2, 1939 died on November 29 aged 61. William Scammell was a poet and editor. He also compiled Winter Pollen.

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21-xi-2000:

Cancer Research Campaign Book Auction:

Keith Sagar wrote: »Every year the Cancer Research Campaign has a book auction at which ›personalised‹ copies of books and artworks by famous writers and artists are auctioned to make money for the campaign. This usually raises several thousand pounds. Ted has contributed things to it in the past. This year's auction will be on 22 November. Details can be obtained from www.crc.org.uk. I have submitted a copy of The Laughter of Foxes in which I have enclosed the manuscript of an unpublished poem by Ted called ›Knave of Clubs‹. This is completely different from the poem of the same title published as part of ›A Full House‹. There is an article about it in The Independent on Sunday, 12 November. I have also inscribed on the flyleaf an unpublished poem of my own about Ted's death.«
Keith's poem will be published in these pages shortly.

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Keith Sagar was also invited by Northern Broadsides to give an introductory talk on Alcestis for the performance at the Lowry in Salford. The first half of this talk sets the play in the context of Greek theatre, the second half in the context of Ted Hughes' life and work. You will find a copy of the text from the Criticism/ Essays page.

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Ann Skea has beautifully revised her web site and added a lot of new content to it. Her pages now also contain the latest chapters from her recent research on Birthday Letters as well as some of her own drawing to illustrate her findings. I strongly recommend taking a look at http://ann.skea.com.

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Jehuda Amichai, the Jewish poet, born 1924, died on September 22. There was an obituary in the Guardian, Friday September 29.

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R.S. Thomas, the Welsh poet, died on September 25 aged 87. There were obituaries in major British newspapers: Times, Guardian, Independent, Daily Telegraph.

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09-vi-2000:

Leonard Baskin, sculptor, illustrator and a lifelong friend of Ted Hughes died on June 3 aged 77. Among their inspired collaborations are Crow, Cave Birds, Moon-Whales and Other Moon-Poems , Season Songs and Under the North Star. The Times ran an obituary on June 7 and a further obituary was printed in The Independent on 8 June (thanks to Sylvia Paul and David Robins for this).

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07-vi-2000:

Faber and Faber have finally re-launched their own web site, where you can buy books by Faber authors.

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Terry Gifford supplied the following information: Advance booking for Alcestis by Northern Broadsides at Halifax from 14-23 September is now open on their box office number: (UK) (0)1422 255 266. The London Review of Books, 01.06.2000, p.38 has a review of Michael Hofmann's poetry collection Approximately Nowhere (Faber 1999) quoting a poem »Cheltenham« which is an anecdote about Hughes.

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Terry's poem »The Day Ted Hughes Died« is published in The Red Wheelbarrow, No. 3, p.22, available from red.wheelbarrow@st-andrews.ac.uk You can read a poem which Terry wrote in memory of Fred Rue Jacobs at this site.

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Daniel Hart has created a Flash presentation of the poem »Hawk Roosting«, which you can watch at his site www.djh-graphics.com (select Flash Stuff, then Hawk Roosting).

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03-iv-2000:

Carol Bere just informed me that several further reviews/articles have been published on the Journals of Sylvia Plath: The Independent had a review on April 1, and The Observer (April 2) has a review by Jacqueline Rose.

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02-iv-2000:

The Emory Archives will be opened to researchers in an April 8 ceremony! The opening will be observed with an exhibition and a tribute in verse by Paul Muldoon, Chair of Poetry at Oxford University. This will take place at Emory on Saturday evening, April 8th. The exhibition will remain open through the end of May. In addition, Leonard Baskin has printed a broadside of a previously uncollected Hughes poem, his adaptation of Thomas the Rhymer's Song. 100 copies were printed by the Gehenna Press and feature a woodcut by Baskin. Each copy is signed and numbered by Baskin. Anyone making a gift of $250 (U.S. dollars) or more will receive one of the broadsides while the supply lasts. Copies of the exhibition catalogue may be requested by sending a check for $5.00 to cover postage and handling. More information as soon as I have it.

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Terry Gifford has kindly submitted an article for you to read at this site: »A Return to ›The Wound‹ by Ted Hughes«, originally published in Kingfisher (I:46-53), 1978. 

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Terry also sent a poem in memory of Fred Rue Jacobs. Fred, a close friend to many of the contributors to this page, died last December. 

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There is now my own short write-up on the Lyon conference. The discussion has moved to a separate page.

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Finally, a few organisational things on this site. 1999 news items have been moved to a separate page for your reference. The page will not be updated but still might be helpful in locating articles and publications. 
The site will undergo some major revisions in the next few months, with the purpose of making it easier to use and bringing it up to date.  I have decided to date future news notes for easier reference - should have done this earlier.

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29-iii-2000:

Carol Bere wrote that the New Yorker (March 27, 2000) was running some  excerpts from the unabridged journals of Plath kept at Smith College, which were unsealed by Ted Hughes in September 1998. Four photographs are included.

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27-iii-2000:

The Guardian/Observer of March 18, 19, 20 and 21 ran articles concerned with the publication of the unedited diaries of Sylvia Plath. Many photographs in the paper edition. The Times also ran an article on it, and the Sunday Times of March 26 had a review by Peter Carey.

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07-iii-2000:

Keith Sagar has kindly submitted some notes on the Lyon conference. And Joanny Moulin has submitted a reply to Keith's notes. You can read them on the conference page

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20-i-2000:

Joanny Moulin's new book, Ted Hughes; New Selected Poems 1957-1994, has been published by Didier Erudition (2000), 6, rue de la Sorbonne, 75005, Paris (phone: +33 0(1) 43 54 47 57, fax: +33 (0)1 40 51 73 85, e-mail: diderkkk@easynet.fr). The ISBN is 2-86460-373-X and it costs 75F. 

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Keith Sagar's The Laughter of Foxes. An Appreciation of Ted Hughes is to be published by Liverpool University Press shortly. The official launch will be during the Lyon conference, where a special conference discount will be available. Hardbacks, normally £27.50, will be available for £22, and paperbacks, normally £14.95, for £12.

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16-i-2000:

Ann Skea has just published a review of Lire Ted Hughes. You can read it at her web site: http://ann.skea.com/.

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03-i-2000:

Q/W/E/R/T/Y 9, edited by Bertrand Rougé, has finally been published. It features two articles based on the New Selected Poems: Neil Roberts: »Hughes, the Laureateship and National Identity« and Claas Kazzer: »Difficulties of a Bridegroom«. More information at: http://pubmc1.univ-pau.fr.

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There is a new publication by Susquehanna University Press, edited by Patrick Quinn: New Perspectives on Robert Graves. It includes a paper by Nick Gammage discussing the relationship between Graves's The White Goddess and Ted Hughes's work: »›The Nature of The Goddess‹; Ted Hughes and Robert Graves«. ISBN 1-57591-020-9

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