The Ted Hughes Society Podcast


The Kingfisher: 'The Catch' part 2

Ep. 2

In this, the second Ted Hughes Society Podcast, Mark Wormald and the poet, priest, musician, and scholar Malcolm Guite look in detail at Ted Hughes's poem, 'The Kingfisher', which can be found on page 70 of River (Faber & Faber, 1983), on page 166 of Three Books Faber & Faber (Faber & Faber 1993), and on page 662 of the hardback edition of Ted Hughes Collected Poems edited by Paul Keegan (Faber & Faber 2003).

Malcolm Guite is an English poet, singer-songwriter, Anglican priest and academic. He was until his recent retirement Chaplain at Girton College, where he continues to be a life fellow. Malcolm holds degrees from the universities of Cambridge and Durham and his research interests include the intersection of religion and the arts, and the examination of the works of Coleridge, Tolkien, C.S.Lewis and Owen Bardfield. Malcolm is the author of five books of poetry, including Sounding The Seasons: Seventy sonnets for the Christian year (Canterbury Press, 2012) and David's Crown: Sounding the Psalms (Canterbury Press, 2021). His critical books include Faith, Hope and Poetry: Theology and the Poetic Imagination (Routledge 2012) and Mariner: A Voyage with Samuel Taylor Coleridge (Hodder and Stoughton, 2018).

The opening music is from String Quartet No 14, opus 13 by Ludwig van Beethoven, performed by the Orion String Quartet. (This extract is reproduced under Creative Commons licence IMSLP:Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives 3.0.)

The extract from Camille Saint-Saens’s Carnival of the Animals is performed by Neal O’Doan and Nancy O’Doan (pianos) and The Seattle Youth Orchestra conducted by Vilem Sokol. (This extract is reproduced under Creative Commons licence IMSLP: Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 3.0.)

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