British poet and painter Frieda Hughes's work has appeared in The New Yorker, Paris Review, and London Magazine. Her first full-length collection of poems, Wooroloo, was published by HarperCollins in 1997. Hughes's work unites a painterly vision with a poetic exploration of human relationships and the natural world.

Daughter of British Poet Laureate Ted Hughes and American poet Sylvia Plath, Hughes studied art in London, traveled extensively (often by motorcycle), and eventually set up studios in the hamlet of Wooroloo, Australia. She has enjoyed numerous group and solo exhibitions in Australia, the U.S., and England, where her oil paintings received an award from the Royal Academy in London. Hughes is also the author and illustrator of children's books. She now makes her home in London, with her husband, Hungarian-born painter Lazlo Lukacs.

The Sylvia Plath Collection in the Mortimer Rare Book Room, Neilson Library, Smith College, contains Sylvia Plath's journals, letters, drafts of the Ariel poems, as well as first editions of works by Ted Hughes, and children's books written and illustrated by Ms. Hughes.


Poems by Frieda Hughes







Poetry Center Reading:

      Fall 1999