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Ted Hughes Poetry Festival 2018

7th September 2018 - 9th September 2018

Ted Hughes Poster September 2018

We are pleased to announce that The Ted Hughes Poetry Festival is returning to Mexborough Business Centre on the weekend of 7-9th of September 2018.

Moor Mother is an international touring musician, poet, visual artist, and workshop facilitator from Philadelphia, USA.
Moor Mother is an international touring musician, poet, visual artist, and workshop facilitator from Philadelphia, USA.

This years festival will include the talents of Moor Mother (USA) – The Mixtape Tour with Nick Makoha and Roger Robinson – Hive South Yorkshire – Matthew Clegg = Mike Garry & Kate Fox.

The opening day of the festival involves Moor Mother, Hive South Yorkshire and the Mixtape Tour.

Moor Mother is an international touring musician, poet, visual artist, and workshop facilitator from Philadelphia, USA. She has performed at numerous festivals, colleges, galleries, and museums around the world.

The Mixtape Tour, who are rising stars of poetry Nick Makoha and Roger Robinson will present a unique new show of poetry. With enduring friendship at its centre, hear poems which leap back and forth in time, giving voice to the universal struggle to carve out personal and political identities.

Hive South Yorkshire is the hub for young writer (14-25s) activity across South Yorkshire. Emerging young talent from our local communities will open our 2018 festival.

The second day of the Festival will be a busy day packed with workshops and talks by various guests.

Matthew Clegg will be leading a talk and workshop on the poetry and poetics of Derek Walcott – one of the most respected poets to emerge from the Caribbean, and a recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Also on that day,  Moor Mother leads a workshop for young writers where work will be taken down and performed to the public and passers-by on Mexborough High Street for an upcoming Democracy of Words event.

Mike Garry
Mike Garry

The Saturday night of the 2018 Ted Hughes Poetry Festival brings two of the most exciting poets in the North of England to Mexborough, Mike Garry & Kate Fox.

Mike Garry was a librarian for 15 years before becoming a poet. His groundbreaking work with young people in inner city Manchester won him awards from the National Literacy Trust.

His two books – “Mancunian Meander” and “God is a Manc” have received wide critical acclaim and are regularly read on TV and Radio.

Mike Garry leads a workshop on Saturday afternoon before his headline slot in the evening with Kate Fox.

Kate Fox
Kate Fox

Kate Fox is a stand-up poet. Her second comedy series was broadcast on Radio 4 last June. She has been Poet in Residence for the Great North Run, Glastonbury Festival and Saturday Live on Radio 4.

She has been commissioned by the Yorkshire Festival, Hull 2017 and several literature festivals. She recently successfully completed her PhD on class, gender and Northern English regional identity in stand-up performance, having held a full-time studentship in the Performance and Cultural Industries School at the University of Leeds.

She has undertaken numerous participatory projects in performance and writing with school and community groups and recently contributed ethnographic poems to Hull 2017’s evaluation report.

To book a ticket to attend the festival either on an event basis or for the weekend please visit the following link – Buy tickets for The Ted Hughes Poetry Festival.



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