Hybrid Event | Hooked: Fishing for Ted Hughes, In and Beyond the Archive

Thursday, October 27, 2022 12:00to13:00
McLennan Library Building Online and in person on the 4th floor, in ROAAr's Colgate Room., 3459 rue McTavish, Montreal, QC, H3A 0C9, CA
Mark Wormald
Image by Images courtesy of Bloomsbury Books. Collage by Jacquelyn Sundberg..

Join ROAAr and special guest Mark Wormald for a lunchtime fishing expedition into the archives of Ted Hughes. Using Ted Hughes’ collection of poems, River, and his fishing diaries as a guide, Mark returns again and again to the places where Ted Hughes fished. At times, he uses the fly patterns Ted recommended; at others, he uses his rods. It is an obsession; a fundamental connection to nature; a thrilling wildness; an elemental pursuit.

This is a noon hour of inspiration into Mark’s process of taking the archives out of the box and into lived experience.

Join ROAAr for this hybrid event. This event will be live-streamed for remote attendance, and we will be happy to host a limited number of in-person attendees.

About the Speaker

Mark Wormald has been fishing since the age of four. He is an award-winning poet, winning the Newdigate Prize at Oxford in 1988 and an E. C. Gregory Award from the Society of Authors in 1995.

Mark has been a Fellow in English at Pembroke College, Cambridge, since 1992. His first office was once the bedsitting room in which Ted Hughes dreamed of a burned fox. He edited Charles Dickens’s The Pickwick Papers for Penguin Classics and more recently co-edited two collections of essays: Ted Hughes: from Cambridge to Collected (2013) and Ted Hughes, Nature and Culture (2018).

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