Author of the Fortnight: Ted Hughes

“Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.” -Elbert Hubbard

Ted Hughes was an English poet and writer, perhaps most famous for his children’s novel ‘The Iron Man’. On top of winning other awards, Hughes also served as Poet Laureate from 1984, until his death in 1998.

Born in Mytholmroyd, Yorkshire to his mother and father, Hughes was brought up between the Calder Valley and the Penine moorland. Until the age of 7 he attended Burnley Road School, before moving to Schofield Street Junior School in Mexborough. Here he became good friends with John Wholly, spending most of his time with him.

It was not until moving to Mexborough Grammar School in the 1940’s that he was encouraged to write poetry. His first poem ‘The Wild West’, was put in the school’s newspaper in 1946.

By the time of his death, Hughes had written over 12 volumes of poetry and 18 children’s books. Even to today, he is one of the most recognised writers in British history.


There is a new creative writing competition on the theme of ‘The Future’.

The piece may follow any format, such as poetry or non-fiction, providing that it totals less than 2500 characters (not including the title or any footnotes).

All participants will have their work shared and blogs linked to, however the winner’s work will be featured and blog linked to for a fortnight.

To enter, please use the contact section, or email me at:


The deadline for the competition is the tenth of February…

Thank you for taking part!









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