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

For more information about the conference, venue and plenary speakers please see the website and the conference twitter @HughesCardiff