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Ted Hughes documentary screens in Hebden Bridge

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The late Poet Laureate Ted Hughes was born and spent his formative years in Mytholmroyd and this afternoon a screening of a documentary about his life will take place at Hebden Bridge Picture House.

The documentary "Stronger than Death" starts at 5pm, followed by a question and answer session at 6.30pm with the film's direction Richard Curson Smith and creative director Ross Wilson.

Ted Hughes is widely recognised as one of Britain's greatest - and most controversial - poets. He has been described as 'The Heathcliff of poetry who attracted more scandal than any other literary figure with the exception of Lord Byron' . The events of his life and the breadth and influence of his poetry are the focus of the documentary.

It features the first television interview with Frieda Hughes - poet, artist and daughter of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Path - and also testimony from family members, friends, fellow writers and poets, including Simon Armitage who filmed at the Hebden Bridge Picture House for the documentary in 2015.

Statue of famous Yorkshireman unveiled

He is one of Yorkshire's most famous sons and was Poet Laureate for 14 years.

Now a model of Ted Hughes has been unveiled, as a group of his supporters campaigns for a permanent memorial.

It is hoped the maquette, made by sculptor Graham Ibbeson, can be turned into a full sized bronze sculpture, to stand in Mexborough, where Ted Hughes grew up.

Michael Billington has the story:


Plaque for Yorkshire's Ted Hughes

A plaque will be unveiled today for Yorkshire-born poet Ted Hughes - Poet Laureate from 1984 until his death in 1998.

It will be revealed at 75 Main Street, Mexborough, which was Ted's home from 1938-1951 and where he wrote his first poems.

The ceremony, at midday, will be attended by Barnsley poet Jack Brown, who was a friend of Ted, and sculptor Graham Ibbeson, who is producing a statue of the poet for Mexborough.

A public appeal for funds for the statue will also be launched today.

Celebrating Ted Hughes

An event celebrating the life and work of poet Ted Hughes is being held in his birthplace.

For the last 5 years The Elmet Trust has organised "The Ted Hughes Festival", which has bee held in Mytholmroyd with numerous famous speakers, walks, and poetry slams.

Previously, there have been appearances from Andrew Motion, Anne Fine, Freda Hughes and the Trust's patron Simon Armitage.

This year there will be a poetry reading from contemporary poet Kathleen Jamie, and a talk from Christopher Reid, Hughes' editor. Organised walks around places linked to Ted Hughes poetry are available, as well as a poetry slam at the house where Hughes was born.