”Not Writing...but Singing”
THE SECOND TED HUGHES WEEKEND
July 11th to 13 th 2014
At Doonreagan, Cashel, Co. Galway, Ireland.
A celebration of the role played by Connemara in the life and work of Ted Hughes.
This year’s theme will be “Ted Hughes and the Countryside”
Doonreagan in the heart of Connemara, Ireland, was where future Poet Laureate Ted Hughes came to live and work in the late 1960s, after the tragic death of his wife Sylvia Plath. With him were his two young children by Sylvia, as well as his lover Assia Wevill and baby daughter Shura.
Many years later, towards the end of his life, Ted Hughes would conclude, in letters to those close to him, that his time at Doonreagan had offered a breakthrough both in his writing and in his personal life. The flow of good inspiration he experienced there, resulting in some of his finest work, was sustained for a few years before being lost for good. Leaving Connemara, he wrote to his son Nicholas, was a case of muffing the best opportunity of his life to enter a wholly richer, more productive and complete existence.