The Crow Dialogue

The Crow Dialogue

Ted Hughes &
Leonard Baskin

Ted Hughes Leonard Baskin - Relief of Ted Hughes and Crow


In 1983, Ted Hughes, poet, and Leonard Baskin, sculptor and printmaker, and Hughes's collaborator for many years, took part in a free and unrehearsed audio recording in which they talked about their long friendship and the evolution of their work together. In 2009, under the title, The Artist and the Poet, this unique recording became the basis of a forty-minute video film, exploring the genesis of key works including Crow and Cave Birds.

Illustrated with Baskin’s imagery and hitherto unseen photos of the protagonists, it includes voice-over of Hughes reading extracts from his poems.

Premiered at Exeter University (home to a Hughes collection) and screened at the Ways With Words litfest, the Dylan Thomas litfest, the annual fest at Hughes’s birthplace, Mytholmroyd, London’s Barbican, Hughes’s alma mater, Pembroke College, Cambridge and other venues, this acclaimed video is once again publicly available.

Audio Clip