Influence

‘Did you hear?’ says the book. ‘Ted Hughes’s brother has died.’ ‘I did see that, yes,’ I say. ’95, though. … More

The most popular Lifesaving Poems of 2015

Here is a list of the most-read Lifesaving Poems during 2015:   Mary Oliver, The Journey UA Fanthorpe, Atlas Ted Hughes, … More

Thirteen ways of remembering Ted Hughes

Teachers’ words should not be ‘How to write’ but ‘How to try to say what you really mean’ – which … More

Inside Lifesaving Poems 3

As I have said before, there wasn’t a plan. Which does not mean I don’t feel the luckiest man alive … More

Guest blog post: Hands like these, by Beverly Rycroft

This is the first in a series of guest blog posts by writers I admire. Having enjoyed speaking and reading … More

Ted Hughes coming out of the radio

I have been wondering recently if the world of the poem (the one that is currently not-here, just out of … More

The Invisible College

I have just come back from a thing. I am tired. A good afternoon of good conversation about large, important … More

Lifesaving Poems: Craig Raine’s ‘Heaven on Earth’

Heaven on Earth   Now that it is night, you fetch the wash from outer space,   from the frozen … More

The most read Lifesaving Poems of 2014

Here are the most read Lifesaving Poems of 2014. For the first time I have been able to compare last … More