Ted Hughes - Author

About the Author

Ted Hughes was born on 17 August 1930 in Mytholmroyd, a small mill town in West Yorkshire. His father made portable wooden buildings. The family moved to Mexborough, a coal-mining town in South Yorkshire, when Hughes was seven. His parents took over a newsagent and tobacconist shop, and eventually he went to the local grammar school.

In 1948 Hughes won an Open Exhibition to Pembroke College, Cambridge. Before going there, he served two years National Service in the Royal Air Force. Between leaving Cambridge and becoming a teacher, he worked at various jobs, finally as a script-reader for Rank at their Pinewood Studios.

In 1956 Hughes married the American poet Sylvia Plath, who died in 1963, and they had two children. He remarried in 1970. He was awarded the OBE in 1977, created Poet Laureate in December 1984 and appointed to the Order of Merit in 1998. He died in October 1998.

 

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The Iron Wolf Collected Animal Poems Vol 1

The Iron Wolf Collected Animal Poems Vol 1

Author: Ted Hughes Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/01/2019

The Iron Wolf, the Iron Wolf Stands on the world with jagged fur. The rusty Moon rolls through the sky. The iron river cannot stir. The iron wind leaks out a cry Animals of air, land and sea are brilliantly imagined in this perfect introduction for young readers to the work of Ted Hughes. Part of Hughes's Collected Animal Poems, The Iron Wolf is for the youngest readers, both to listen to and explore themselves. Chris Riddell's delightful line illustrations add to the journey of discovery.

What is the Truth? Collected Animal Poems Vol 2

What is the Truth? Collected Animal Poems Vol 2

Author: Ted Hughes Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/01/2019

Why is it The roustabout Rooster, raging at the dawn Wakes us so early? A warrior king is on fire! His armour is all crooked daggers and scimitars And it's shivering red-hot - with rage! First published in 1984, this book of prose-linked animal poems won both the Guardian Children's Fiction Award and the Signal Poetry Award. This new, illustated edition remains 'a very beautiful book: God and his son go to visit mankind and ask a few simple questions . . . the poems are pure enchantment' (The School Librarian).

The Thought Fox Collected Animal Poems Vol 4

The Thought Fox Collected Animal Poems Vol 4

Author: Ted Hughes Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/01/2019

Cold, delicately as the dark snow A fox's nose touches twig, leaf; Two eyes serve a movement, that now And again now, and now, and now Sets neat prints into the snow Between trees, and warily a lame Shadow lags by stump and in hollow Of a body that is bold to come All the richness of the wild is seen through the poet's eye, highlighting the variety of the natural world and of Hughes's poetry about it. Poetry for young adult readers.

A March Calf Collected Animal Poems Vol 3

A March Calf Collected Animal Poems Vol 3

Author: Ted Hughes Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/01/2019

Right from the start he is dressed in his best - his blacks and his whites. Little Fauntleroy - quiffed and glossy, A Sunday suit, a wedding natty get-up, Standing in dunged straw For older readers than the first two volumes of Collected Animal Poems, animal life is seen afresh through the diversity and imaginative energy of this collected volume.

Season Songs

Season Songs

Author: Ted Hughes Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/01/2019

Spring will marry you. A promise! Cuckoo brings the message: May. O new clothes! O get your house ready! Expectation keeps you starry. But at which church and on what day? In these poems Ted Hughes invites the reader to try and catch the spring (but she's elusive); to take a closer look at the March calf; to listen to the happiness of the summer grass; and to notice the 'weak-neck snowdrops' in winter. Earth is revealed in all its surprising richness and rawness, and so is humankind's own constantly changing relationship with the seasons.

How the Whale Became and Other Tales of the Early World

How the Whale Became and Other Tales of the Early World

Author: Ted Hughes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2018

Ted Hughes wrote a series of stories for children from the early 1960s through until 1995 about how the world, and the creatures in it, came into being. They are collected here in one volume for the first time. These are richly told tales of sparkling intensity about animals finding their form, and God's struggle to understand what he has created. Meet the Polar Bear whose obsession with her snowy white fur is so great that she can only live in a landscape surrounded by her own reflection; the Whale, growing in God's garden beside the carrots; King Leo, who began life because God was hungry for his sausages; poor Parrot's painful defeat in the marriage song contest at the wedding of Man and Woman; and Sparrow's heroic battle against the bird-swallowing Black Hole. There are stories here to suit children from four to fourteen, whether for reading aloud or alone.

The Iron Man

The Iron Man

Author: Ted Hughes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2013

The award-winning illustrated edition of Ted Hughes' classic tale in paperback. Part modern fairy tale, part science fiction myth, The Iron Man describes the unexpected arrival in England of a mysterious giant metal man who wreaks havoc on the countryside by attacking the neighbouring farms and eating all their machinery. A young boy called Hogarth befriends him and Hogarth and the extraordinary being end up defending and saving the earth when it is attacked by a fearsome space-bat-angel-dragon from outer space. This children's classic, with its message of peace and hope, is known and loved all over the UK and is part of an exciting collaboration between Walker Books and Faber and Faber.

Meet My Folks!

Meet My Folks!

Author: Ted Hughes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2012

'Other folks get so well known, And nobody knows about my own,' Have you met my sister Jane? She's a great big crow! My Grandpa is an owler and Grandma knits jerseys for wasps! And my other Granny is an octopus... Meet Aunt Flo, Brother Bert and more extraordinary family members in Ted Hughes' irresistible Meet My Folks, his first book for children, illustrated beautifully by George Adamson.

Ffangs the Vampire Bat and the Kiss of Truth

Ffangs the Vampire Bat and the Kiss of Truth

Author: Ted Hughes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/2011

Ffangs lives with the other vampires on Vampire Island, but he is different from the rest - he can't stand the sight of blood! When he arrives in London, everyone is too frightened to listen when he explains that he only wants to be human. And soon he finds himself alone in Buckingham Palace to face Thomas the Vampire Hunter ...

Nessie the Mannerless Monster

Nessie the Mannerless Monster

Author: Ted Hughes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2011

Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster, is tired of being told that she doesn't exist. In this crackling, lolloping story in verse, Ted Hughes describes how she sets out on the road to London for an audience with the Queen...

Poems for Children Read by Ted Hughes. Selected and Introduced by Michael Morpurgo.

Poems for Children Read by Ted Hughes. Selected and Introduced by Michael Morpurgo.

Author: Ted Hughes, Michael Morpurgo Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 17/03/2011

Ted Hughes' poetry for children is as rich, powerful and magical as anything he wrote. This new recording consists of a collection of the children's poems of Ted Hughes, introduced and selected by acclaimed writer Michael Morpurgo, and read by both Morpurgo and actor Juliet Stevenson.

Stories for Children Read by Ted Hughes. Selected and Introduced by Michael Morpurgo

Stories for Children Read by Ted Hughes. Selected and Introduced by Michael Morpurgo

Author: Ted Hughes Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 17/03/2011

A selection of Ted Hughes's wonderfully vivid children's fiction, read by the author and selected and introduced by Michael Morpurgo. The recordings include The Iron Man; Creation Tales for the Very Young :Long Ago When the World Was Brand New... How the Whale Became, How the Polar Bear Became, How the Cat Became, How the Hare Became. Creation Tales for Children aged 8+ The Guardian, The Invaders, The Playmate and The Dancers. Creation Tales for Children aged 10+: The Dreamfighter, Gozzie, Camel, The Grizzly Bear and the Human Child

The Iron Man

The Iron Man

Author: Ted Hughes Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2010

A stunning, new, limited edition version of a much-loved children's classic. Part modern fairy tale, part science fiction myth, The Iron Man describes the unexpected arrival in England of a mysterious giant metal man who wreaks havoc on the countryside by attacking the neighbouring farms and eating all their machinery. A young boy called Hogarth befriends him and he and the extraordinary being end up defending and saving the earth when it is attacked by a fearsome space-bat-angel-dragon from outer space. This children's classic, with its message of peace and hope, is known and loved all over the UK and is here presented as part of an exciting new collaboration between Walker Books and Faber and Faber.

Collected Plays for Children

Collected Plays for Children

Author: Ted Hughes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2001

This volume contains six plays by Ted Hughes which are particularly suitable for performance by children. Four of them were published originally under the title, The Coming of the Kings and Other Plays. Added to these are Orpheus and The Pig Organ, the former only ever published in America, the latter (which was written as a libretto) never before published. Hughes enters the timeless world of folklore and fable and brings home a wonderful haul, managing to produce comedy, tragedy and magic from the same net, and then to move effortlessly between them. He makes stories from familiar elements (the Nativity, or Beauty and the Beast or a quest to save a sickening king), but approaches them from unexpected angles and sets them off in different directions. What characterizes the pieces is the energy Hughes generates not only in the unfolding action but in the drama of the language itself, which is as robustly up-to-date as it is lyrical.

A March Calf Collected Animal Poems Vol 3

A March Calf Collected Animal Poems Vol 3

Author: Ted Hughes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/09/1995

From the trembling new-born calf in Season Songs to the gently sleeping one recorded in Moortown Diary, animal life as observed in the pages of Flowers and Insects, Elmet, River, Lupercal and Hawk in the Rain is seen afresh through the diversity and imaginative energy of this collected volume.

The Thought Fox Collected Animal Poems Vol 4

The Thought Fox Collected Animal Poems Vol 4

Author: Ted Hughes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/09/1995

All the richness of the wild is seen through the poet's eye. Here are poems from Hawk in the Rain, Wodwo, Wolfwatching, Lupercal and River as well as from Adam and the Sacred Nine, their juxtaposition highlighting the variety of the natural world and of Hughes's poetry about it.

Season Songs

Season Songs

Author: Ted Hughes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/10/1985

The Coming of the Kings

The Coming of the Kings

Author: Ted Hughes Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/1970

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