Poetry reading by Gillian Clarke

We are pleased to announce that Gillian Clarke will be reading at the conference on 29th August!

Gillian Clarke was born in Cardiff and lives in Ceredigion. She was awarded the Queen’s Gold medal for Poetry in 2010 and the Wilfred Owen Award in 2012. She was the National Poet for Wales. Prose works include a writer’s journal, At the Source. She has written for radio, and translated poetry and prose from Welsh. The Gathering/Yr Helfa, written for the National Theatre of Wales, was performed on Snowdon in September, 2014. Her last collection, Ice, was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Award 2012 and Zoology was published in 2017.

Gillian’s reading is generously supported by the Ted Hughes Society


Introducing Plenary Speaker Juliette Wood

Dr Juliette Wood is an American academic who studied folklore and Celtic literature at the Universities of Pennsylvania, Wales and Oxford. She now lives in Cardiff where she is Associate Lecturer in the School of Welsh Cardiff University and a Director of The Folklore Society at the Warburg Institute, London.

After gaining degrees in medieval philosophy and Arthurian literature, she studied folklore at the University of Pennsylvania, from which she holds both an M.A and a PhD. Her doctoral thesis examined similarities between the geography and cosmology of medieval travelogues and journeys to the other world in Celtic and Italian tales. She continued her studies in folklore and Celtic literature at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth and at Linacre College, Oxford where she received an M.Litt degree for research into the traditions of the Welsh poet Taliesin.



The Conference Venue: Gregynog Hall

The conference will be held at Gregynog Hall. A coach will take delegates from Cardiff University to the Hall.  Gregynog has existed for 800 years. By the 16th century it was the home of the Blayney family, local gentry who claimed descent from the early Welsh princes and whose courage and benevolence were praised by the court poets. Their coat of arms is the centrepiece of the fine oak carvings in the Blayney Room.

Gregynog Hall might have been demolished had not the wealthy Davies sisters acquired it in 1920 to become the headquarters of their enterprise to bring art, music and creative skills to the people of Wales in the aftermath of the First World War.

For twenty years the house was full of music, fine furniture and ceramics, hand-printed books from the Gregynog Press and, most extraordinary of all, the sisters’ collection of paintings by artists such as Monet, Cezanne and Van Gogh. Leading lights, such as George Bernard Shaw and Gustav Holst visited during these years for musical concerts – or simply to enjoy the beautiful gardens and woodland walks.

At the end of the 1950s, after wartime use as a Red Cross convalescent home, Gregynog was bequeathed to the University of Wales as a conference centre. It welcomed its first students in 1963 and they’ve been coming ever since! But the old Gregynog lives on – the music, the art, the printing press and the gardens. It is still a magical, timeless place where you can walk in the grounds on a quiet evening and listen to the birdsong just as the Davies sisters did many decades ago.

For more of its history click here

Practical info

The ground floor of the Hall is fully accessible. There are 2 rooms in the main house with support for those who need greater accessibilty.

All conference rooms will have AV support via Microsoft laptops. To connect a Mac delegates will need to provide their own lead.


Learn about The Ted Hughes Society

Promoting the scholarly reading and discussion of the work of Ted Hughes

Joining the Ted Hughes Society

Becoming a member of the Ted Hughes Society helps support our work promoting the scholarly reading and discussion of Hughes’s work and entitles you to:

  • Full access to the Ted Hughes Society Journal (comprising two new issues a year, and all back issues)This is an open access journal.
  • International Ted Hughes Conference notifications every three years (including the conference to be held at University of Cardiff, 2018).
  • Access to resources such as Post-graduate Liaison Officer’s information and updated bibliography.
  • Ted Hughes Society Website news and links
  • Contact with Hughes Scholars worldwide
  • Ability to purchase rare and difficult to source books on Hughes from other Society members

Subscriptions run annually from January/February and cost just £10 per annum.