Frieda Hughes: The Edinburgh Reading

In her fourth exclusive poem, Frieda Hughes presents an exploration of her recent book ‘George: A Magpie Memoir’ – a literary account of her experience nursing a sick magpie named George back to health

Friday 01 September 2023 16:06 BST
Magpie bird sitting on a hedge in Sydney
Magpie bird sitting on a hedge in Sydney

Leaving the Welsh Hills for the lakes of middle England, I drive North;

Swathes of pink and yellow blooms festoon the central reservation,

Mostly ignored. Past sheep and cattle I head for Edinburgh. In the auditorium

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