An evening of poetry readings by Simon Armitage, patron of the Elmet Trust, and Frieda Hughes at Hope Baptist Chapel in Hebden Bridge.
Frieda is the daughter of two of the most celebrated and finest poets of the twentieth century- Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, and she has a distinctive poetic voice all her own. She needs to have a strong original voice to be heard above the music of her parents’ poetry and she has her own music. She has published seven collections, 45, a poetic autobiography published in America, and has just published a selected poems Out of The Ashes for which she has chosen the poems herself. She has written books for children and is also a respected artist. She is the subject of one of Ted Hughes’ best known poems, Full Moon and Little Frieda.
Simon has published eleven poetry collections, the most recent last year The Unaccompanied. He also recently published his versions of Virgil’s Georgic poems Still alongside photographs from the First World War which feel like distant relatives of Edward Thomas’ poetry. He has written plays and translated classic poems. He is currently Professor of Poetry at Oxford University, following the distinguished footsteps of such as Robert Graves, W. H. Auden, Seamus Heaney and Geoffrey Hill. Simon is also Professor at Sheffield University and Leeds University. He is read widely in schools and has edited a selected collection of poems by Ted Hughes, who he knew. Simon is Patron of the Elmet Trust.