This week, we were treated to a very special evening with Mark Wormald as part of the Fish in The Reads series.
Mark Wormald read exclusively from his forthcoming book, 'The Catch: Fishing for Ted Hughes', ahead of its publication by Bloomsbury on 28 April.
The Catch tells the story of Ted Hughes's journey, as a fisherman, poet and father, into and beyond his vital collection ‘River’, and chronicles Mark's own journeys, fishing in Ted's footsteps, his fishing diaries in mind, into the poems of River and other deep waters.
Mark’s enthusiasm was boundless. He read three sections from his book - the first, from relatively early in the book, was about Ted Hughes’ fishing for trout in Devon. Wormald’s language is reflectively and aptly poetic and was perfectly positioned against a backdrop which hosted rods owned by Ted Hughes himself. We then heard about Hughes’ early salmon fishing and his sea trout experiences too. Ted Hughes was also a great pike fisherman but this would require another reading!
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