About the Author
Ted Hughes (1930-1998) was born in Yorkshire. His first book, The Hawk in the Rain
, was published in 1957 by Faber and Faber and was followed by many volumes of poetry and prose for adults and children. He received the Whitbread Book of the Year for two consecutive years for his last published collections of poetry, Tales from Ovid
(1997) and Birthday Letters
(1998). He was Poet Laureate from 1984, and in 1998 he was appointed to the Order of Merit.
Simon Armitage was born in West Yorkshire and is Professor of Poetry at the University of Sheffield. A recipient of numerous prizes and awards, he has published ten collections of poetry, including Selected Poems
(2001), Seeing Stars
(2010) and his acclaimed translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
(2007). A broadcaster and presenter, he also writes extensively for television and radio, is the author of two novels, the bestselling memoir All Points North
(1998) and Walking Home
(2012), his poetic journey along the Pennine Way. In 2010 he received the CBE for services to poetry.