Read to Lead, Ted Hughes and Devon

Stover Country Park, Devon

In honour of the Read to Lead course running on 29th-31st October at the beautiful Dartington Hall, we’ve been looking into poets and poetry connected with Devon. Ted Hughes may spring to mind as a Yorkshire poet, but he did in fact make Devon his home for almost 40 years. His links with the area are even celebrated with ‘The Ted Hughes Poetry Trail’ in Stover Country Park in South Devon, which features 16 of the late Poet Laureate’s best poems.

If you’re down in Devon, why not allow yourself a leisurely stroll around the poetry trail? And there’s no need to worry if rain spoils the day, as you can always find the poems in the shelter of some books too. The sixteen featured poems on the Ted Hughes Poetry Trail are as follows, in order of discovery:

1. Wren
2. The Warm and the Cold
3. An Otter (Part 1)
4. A Cormorant
5. To Paint A Water Lily
6. Roe-deer
7. The Thought Fox
8. Work and Play
9. Pike
10. Fern
11. The Harvest Moon
12. Nightjar
13. The Coming of the Iron Man
14. The Kingfisher
15. Trees
16. The Lake

You can be like Ted Hughes and enjoy all that Devon’s nature has to offer in the wonderful surroundings of Dartington Hall, as well as discover a new way of looking at literature by coming along to Read to Lead Devon.

There are still a few places available on the course; join the growing force of shared reading practitioners in the South West and secure your place by contacting roisinhyland@thereader.org.uk or calling 0151 207 7207.

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