Events cancelled after sad death of Ted’s friend - but the festival will go on

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Two events at this year’s Ted Hughes Festival have been cancelled after the sudden death of a popular expert.

Author, critic and poet Keith Sagar, who passed away last week, was due to give a free public lecture at Huddersfield University on Wednesday, together with a close-reading poetry workshop.

A festival spokesperson said: “It is with great sadness that we have had to cancel two festival events on Wednesday, October 23. Author, critic and poet Keith Sagar died suddenly last week. Keith had been a friend of Ted’s for many years as well as writing extensively on Ted’s poetry. Consequently, Keith became a friend to us at The Elmet Trust and was a voice of authority and experience on Ted and his work. Keith was due to do a free public lecture this festival which was to have taken place on Wednesday, together with a close-reading poetry workshop, at Huddersfield University. Both these events will now not take place.”

The workshop led by Bradford University’s Ed Reiss will go ahead as planned on Wednesday from 10.30am to 12.30pm at Huddersfield University. Ed will focus on technique in some of Ted’s poems.

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