The poets Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath are the focus of a one-day Poetry Festival  at the Unitarian Chapel in Padiham, Lancashire, on Saturday 9th June.   There’ll be two illustrated lectures, as well as Readings, followed by a workshop for learning, creativity and fun, all under the title ‘Life into Art’. 

The event will celebrate the poetic achievement of these two great 20th Century writers, against the background of their turbulent personal relationship.  This year marks the 20th anniversary of the death of the former Poet Laureate Ted Hughes, and the 55th year since the suicide of Sylvia Plath.

Both poets are connected to West Riding area of Yorkshire (the Calder Valley) – Ted Hughes was born in Mytholmroyd, while American-born Sylvia Plath lies buried in the graveyard at Heptonstall.

Rev Jim Corrigall said his Chapel was delighted to be hosting this fourth annual poetry festival for 2018.  “It’s a one-day event this year, but we have retained two powerful speakers, who are both poets themselves.   They are Theresa Sowerby (speaking on Plath) and Edmund Prestwich (on Hughes), and both are long-standing teachers of English -- at Bolton School and Manchester Grammar.”   

The Festival begins at 11.30 am, and finishes at 4 pm.   A lunch of hot soup, bread and cheese is included in the ticket price of £10.  Tickets can be obtained by sending a stamped, addressed envelope to Rev Jim Corrigall (with £10 cheque made out to him), c/o the Chapel address below.   Tickets will also be available on the door, on the day (from 11 am). 

The Festival takes place at: The Unitarian Chapel, Church Street, Padiham, near Burnley, Lancashire BB12 8JH.   Starts 11.30 am sharp.