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 & 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.
Seamus Heaney was born in County Derry in Northern Ireland. Death of a Naturalist
, his first collection of poems, appeared in 1966 and since then he has published poetry, criticism and translations - including Beowulf
(1999) - which have established him as one of the leading poets now at work. In 1995 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. District and Circle
was awarded the T. S. Eliot Prize in 2006. Stepping Stones
, a book of interviews conducted by Dennis O'Driscoll, appeared in 2008. In 2009 he received the David Cohen Prize for Literature. Human Chain
was awarded the 2010 Forward Prize for Best Collection.