Call for Papers

This is an open call for papers for the 8th International Ted Hughes Conference. This conference seeks to explore new ways of reading Hughes’s work as well as delving deeper into rich established veins of scholarly research. The conference welcomes abstracts on any Hughes topic. Please send an abstract of 300 words with a short bio to Carrie Smith at by March 31st 2018.

DEADLINE EXTENDED – due to the recent extensive industrial action that took place in many universities across the UK the deadline is extended to April 30th 2018

Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

The literary afterlives of Hughes

Birthday Letters 20 years on

Dialogues with Hughes: literary friendships

Hughes and folklore

Hughes and medievalism

Hughes’s bestiary

Hughes’s prose

Hughes and tradition

Hughes and farming

Hughes’s writing for children

Hughes and place

Hughes’s manuscripts

Hughes and fishing

Hughes and Cambridge

Hughes and the Romantics

Hughes and translation

Hughes and visual culture

Hughes and Plath

Hughes and the environment

Hughes’s laureateship