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Frieda Hughes to publish weekly poem in Independent

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The Independent online newspaper has launched a new poetry column featuring an original poem each week by Frieda Hughes. The daughter of the former poet laureate Ted Hughes, and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and poet Sylvia Plath, has written eight poetry collections.

She once told a BBC programme about the moment when she discovered that both her parents were on her O-level syllabus. She rang her father, who said: “That’s marvellous. I can tell you what I meant.” He added that he could tell her what Plath meant, too. Frieda said that was fine, but what if the examiners took a different view?

In 2018 she published Out of the Ashes, which brought together work from four previous poetry collections.

Hughes, a poet, painter and author of children’s books, will publish a new poem each Friday, starting with an ode to nature, animals and writing itself. In April this year, she published her first memoir, George: A Magpie Memoir, about bringing up a magpie.



◄ Prose Poetry in Theory and Practice: ed. Anne Caldwell, Oz Hardwick, Routledge

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