Tuesday, May 29, 2012

News at Eleven: I hadn't realized at the time how concerned

Ted [Hughes] was with the environment, and how involved he was with campaigning across the county, writing to the government about what he saw as an impending natural disaster and even giving evidence at a hearing about a proposed water treatment plant in Bideford. This letter, with its tone of optimism and boyish enthusiasm, would have pre-dated my visit to his deceased river by perhaps twenty years, and more than anything it makes me realize how much it must have pained Hughes to witness that demise.

from Granta: Dear Peter: An unpublished Ted Hughes letter, introduced by Simon Armitage.


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