Ted Hughes, Ecology and the Arts’. Published in Global Perspectives on Eco–Aesthetics and Eco–Ethics: A Green Critique (Maiti, K. & Chakraborty, S. (eds.)) Lexington Books, 2020. Hughes’ role in the establishment of The Sacred Earth Drama Trust and a discussion of the way ecological issues are reflected in his work.

Ted Hughes and ‘Astrological Conundrums’. Published in the Ted Hughes Society Journal Vol. 7, Issue 2. 2019. The mythological figures associated with the major aspects of Ted Hughes' astrological birth chart are reflected in and shape this poem

Ted Hughes and the Occult Tradition: Published in the Ted Hughes Society Journal . Vol.6, Issue 1, 2017. Hughes’ negotiations with the Goddess and his belief in the magical healing power of poetry are part of a long tradition dating back to the work of the Roman poet/philosopher Lucretius (c.99–55 BCE). Lucretius’ poem, On the Nature of Things, influenced the work of Chaucer, Spencer, Sidney, Shakespeare, Milton, Blake, Wordsworth and Yeats, as well that of many eminent philosophers and scientists.

Ted Hughes and Shakespeare: “A Particular Knot of Obsessions”. An examination of shared beliefs and themes as expressed in Shakespeare and The Goddess of Complete Being. First published in Litro: 133, April 17, 2014.

Ted Hughes’ Vacanas: The Difficulties of a Bridegroom: a discussion of poems inspired by the Vacanas of Siva–worshipping mystics of Southern India. First published by Palgrave Macmillan in Ted Hughes; Cambridge to Collected, (Eds.) Wormald, Roberts and Gifford, 2013.
A previously unpublished chart of the poems, links, and dates and places of publication is included.

Poetry and Magic, in Ted Hughes: Alternative Horizons, Moulin, J. (Ed.), Routledge, London, 2004. ISBN: 90 265 1973 7. This paper introduces Ted Hughes’ use of Cabbala in Birthday Letters, Faber, 1998. It now forms the introductory chapter of the complete online book on these pages.

Howls & Whispers. Examines Ted Hughes’ use of Cabbala in his Limited Edition publication, Howls & Whispers, Gehenna Press, 1998.

Capriccio Examines Ted Hughes’ use of Cabbala in his Limited Edition publication, Capriccio, Rainbow Press, 1990.

‘Ted Hughes: Occult Energies’, in Translation Cafe, No. 94. 2010.

‘Adam and the Sacred Nine: A Cabbalistic Drama’.

Ted Hughes: The Poetic Quest. University of New England Press, Australia. An exploration of Ted Hughes’ use of myth, mysticism and alchemy in Cave Birds, Remains of Elmet and River, with detailed examination of many of the poems. Out of print but now available on these pages as an e-book. (A few copies are still available from the author).

‘Timeline’, in The Laughter of Foxes, Sagar, K. Liverpool University Press, Liverpool, 2000, 2006. ISBN: 0 85325 565 1. And Gifford, T. Ted Hughes, Routledge, 2009.
A chronological biography listing Ted Hughes’ publications, interests and life events.

Ted Hughes and Small Press Publication Ted Hughes’ involvement in Modern Poetry in Translation, The Rainbow Press and The Morrigu Press.

Poems in The Saint Botolph’s Review No.2, (Eds)Ross, D.A and Weissbort, D., Viper Press. May 2006. Poems. This Magazine also contains a previously unpublished article by Ted Hughes. Preview.

‘Creatures of Light’. An invited paper presented at the Fifth International Ted Hughes Conference, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 2005. This paper discusses Ted Hughes’s use of the serious, spiritual discipline of Cabbala, and the long tradition of its use in English poetry.

‘Ted Hughes and the British Bardic Tradition’. Third International Symposium on Comparative Literature - Conference Papers, Cairo University, Egypt, 1995. And Urthona, Issue 25:The Celtic Connection, 2008.
Some reflections on a Poet Laureate’s training, its Celtic origins and the traditional role of the bard.

‘Regeneration in Remains of Elmet’, in The Challenge of Ted Hughes, Sagar, K.(Ed), The Macmillan Press Ltd., London, 1994. ISBN: 0 333 61063 6.
A discussion of Ted Hughes’ re-creation of his Yorkshire homeland, with close reference to many of the Elmet poems.

‘Wolfwatching’, in Critical Essays on Ted Hughes, Scigaj, L.(Ed), G.K.Hall, Boston, 1992. ISBN: 0 816 8872 6.
An exploration of Ted Hughes’ use of the wolf as a symbol and a mask in his poetry, with discussion of many of his ‘wolf’ poems.

‘Understanding Ted Hughes’. A brief introduction to the poetry of Ted Hughes, with reference to poems by both Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath. English in Australia, No.74, December 1985.

Ted Hughes’ Memorial Service. A personal record of the service held in Westminster Abbey on 13 May, 1999. New England Review, No. 10, Winter 1999. ISSN 1037-7999.

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