Di Beddow

Writer, Academic & Education Consultant

Academic Writing

Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath August 1956

"The only calibration that counts is how much heart people invest, how much they ignore their fears of being hurt or caught out or humiliated. And the only thing people regret is that they didn't live boldly enough, that they didn't invest enough heart, didn't love enough. Nothing else really counts at all.”

Ted Hughes


Pieces I have written for academic work including essays and drafts for my PhD thesis on a psychogeographical study of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes’ Cambridge. Plath and Hughes wrote their history upon Cambridge; my research walk will begin with both writers’ Cambridge poetry and loiter along the way in their stories and memories, sketches, archives and places. The doctoral thesis will record this wander to construct the first shared literary, psychological, sociological and biographical geography of Hughes’ and Plath’s Cambridge.

Academic writing

THS Journal Piece July 2019

‘Not the colleges, or such precincts’ – The Cambridge of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath Ted Hughes omitted from Birthday Letters the poem simply known as “X” which can be found in a notebook in the British Library archive.  It begins – Cambridge was our courtship. Not the...

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The Newnham File

Cambridge can be cruel in the Winter as Sylvia Plath tells us in her letter of January 1956: “the atrocious food, the damp cold & the unsimpatico people” . During the worst of times then, meeting up with the archivist at Newnham College recently (we became friends after finding...

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“That was our place.” – The Cambridge of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes

“That was our place.” – The Cambridge of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes by guest blogger Di Beddow, PhD student at Queen Mary, University of London, researching Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath in Cambridge. The notebook containing the Hughes poem ‘Cambridge Was Our Courtship’ (Add MS 88918/1/2) is currently on...

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Di Beddow’s article – Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath Experience “Poppy Day” in Cambridge

Di Beddow’s article:  Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath Experience “Poppy Day” in Cambridge  Posted August 16, 2019 2019 Rose Library Fellow Di Beddow   Di Beddow conducted research at the Rose Library in April 2018 as a recipient of a short-term fellowship. She is writing up her PhD thesis on...

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Ted Hughes/Liz Hicklin Letters

Although I am secure in the fact that I am researching an area of the Hughes and Plath story that few have covered or recognised in detail, I was very aware that these two great poets engender a huge amount of interest. I felt privileged then to be one...

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