The 2010 Drecki Memorial Lecture featured a documentary film
and presentation by the film-maker and photographer Noel Chanan.
In 1983 the Poet Laureate Ted Hughes and American printmaker and
sculptor Leonard Baskin, his collaborator for many years, took part
in an audio recording in which they discussed their long-standing friendship
and the nature of their collaborative work on illustrated books
of Hughes' poems.
The outcome of the recording was a lively, entertaining, and
revelatory dialogue. Previously unpublished, this unique insight was
the basis of a forty-minute video by film maker Noel Chanan, friend of both
Hughes and Baskin, and in it they explore in intimate detail the genesis
of such key works as Crow and Cave Birds.
The video incorporates extracts
from readings by Hughes of his own poems, and a mass of previously
unseen photographs of the interlocutors, together with extensive
ilustrations of Baskin's dramatic prints and sculptures.
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