Frieda Rebecca Hughes (born April 1, 1960) is an English poet and painter. She has published seven children's books and four poetry collections and has had many exhibitions.
Family and personal life
Hughes is the daughter of poets Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. Her mother was one of the most influential poets of the century and her father was the British poet laureate from 1984 until his death. Her mother died by suicide when Frieda was almost three; her father died of cancer in 1998. Hughes's brother, Nicholas Hughes, died by suicide on 16 March 2009.
Hughes was born in London. She moved to Perth, Western Australia in 1988, and later settled in Wooroloo, a small hamlet north of Perth, in 1991, where the Australian landscape became the basis of much of her painting. She became an Australian citizen in 1992.
Hughes was married to farmworker Desmond Dawe from 1979 to 1982. Her second husband was real estate agent Clive Anderson. Thirdly, she married Hungarian artist Laszlo Lukacs in 1996; they divorced in 2010 after a year-long separation.
Frieda Hughes graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, with a BA (Hons.) in 1988.
From 2006 to 2008 Frieda Hughes wrote a weekly poetry column for The Times newspaper and in 2008 was chair judge for the Forward Prizes for poetry and a judge for the National Poetry competition.
In February 2010 she was a guest on Private Passions, the biographical music discussion programme on BBC Radio 3.
- 1989: Group exhibition at the Chris Beetles Gallery, St James's, London.
- 1991: Group exhibition with the Milne and Moller Gallery at Art Expo 1991, London.
- 1992: Group exhibition with the Milne and Moller Gallery at Art Expo 1992, London.
- 1993: Solo exhibition at the Anna Mei Chadwick Gallery, Fulham, London; Joint exhibition at the Delaney Gallery, Perth, Western Australia; and Group exhibition at Perth Galleries, Perth, Western Australia.
- 1994: Group exhibition at the Gomboc Gallery, Middle Swan, Western Australia.
- 1995: Solo exhibition at the Provenance Gallery, Sydney, Australia; and Solo exhibition at the Anna Mei Chadwick Gallery, London.
- 1996: Joint exhibition with Laszlo Lukacs sponsored by Lloyds Bank plc, London.
- 1997: Joint exhibition with Laszlo Lukacs at The Cork St Gallery, London.
- 1998: Joint exhibition with Laszlo Lukacs sponsorred by the Royal Commonwealth Society, London.
- 1999: Joint studio exhibition with Laszlo Lukacs, London.
- 2001: Joint studio exhibition with Laszlo Lukacs, London.
- 2002: Joint studio exhibition with Laszlo Lukacs, London.
- 2003: Joint exhibition with Laszlo Lukacs at the Soan Gallery, London.
- 2008: Joint exhibition with Laszlo Lukacs in Powys, Wales.
- Children's books
- 1986: Getting Rid of Edna - published in the UK by Heinemann. Published as Getting Rid of Aunt Edna in the US by Harper and Row. Published in paperback in the UK by Pan Books in 1988.
- 1989: The Meal a Mile Long - author-illustrated picture book for young children. Published by Simon and Schuster in the US, Australia and the UK.
- 1990: Waldorf and the Sleeping Granny - published by Simon and Schuster in the UK.
- 1992: The Thing in the Sink - published by Simon and Schuster in the UK. Reissued in 2003 by Hodder Children's Books.
- 1994: Rent-a-friend - published by Simon and Schuster in the UK.
- 1997: The Tall Story - published by Macdonald Young Books in the UK. Re-issued by Hodder Children's Books in 2003.
- 2001: Three Scary Stories - published by Harper Collins in the UK.
- Poetry Collections
- 1998: Wooroloo - published in the US by Harper Flamingo. Published in 1999 in Australia by Fremantle Arts Centre Press and in the UK by Bloodaxe Books. Wooroloo received a Poetry Book Society special recommendation.
- 2001: Stonepicker - published by Bloodaxe in the UK and Fremantle Press in Australia.
- 2002: Waxworks - published by Bloodaxe in the UK, Harper Collins in the US and Fremantle Press in Australia in 2003.
- 2006: Forty-Five - published by Bloodaxe in the UK and Harper Collins in the U.S.
- 2009: Stonepicker and the Book of Mirrors - published by Bloodaxe in the UK and Harper Collins in the U.S.
Frieda Hughes's poems have also been published in The New Yorker, Tatler, The Spectator, Thumbscrew, The Paris Review, First Pressings, The London Magazine, The Times, The Guardian, and The Daily Telegraph among others.
- Official website of Frieda Hughes