British Poet Laureate, Ted Hughes, developed a love for the environment as he grew older. His passion for fly fishing intensified, and he became a leader on environmental issues. Upon invitation from friends including former Canadian Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, John Fraser, Mr. Hughes attended a Steelhead Society of British Columbia fundraiser and awareness event in Vancouver, Canada on August 11, 1993.
This event was during a sensitive time with regards to overfishing threatening Steelhead, and pollution along the Skeena River and tributaries, where the fish spawn and rear before making the journey to sea. A film, “Wild Steelhead of the Skeena,” debuted and Mr. Hughes read poetry. He also signed copies of the print, “Symbols Of Survival,” by British / Canadian artist Ken Kirkby. The prints were also signed by Mr. Kirkby and John Fraser.
At the end of last year, I acquired the remaining prints, Symbols Of Survival, from a closing shop in Vancouver. It has long been my intention to add a store to my website featuring items pertaining to nature and history. I’m pleased to now offer these prints as part of my developing store. If you are interested in one or more of these prints, please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The price per print is USD$225 including shipping in a tube to the USA and Canada. Please contact me for shipping to other parts of the world. Discounts are available for purchases of more than one print. You will also get, if desired, a photo of your exact print and a close up of Ted Hughes’ signature for inspection prior to your purchase.
For more information on this lesser-know aspect of Mr. Hughes’ life regarding fly fishing and environmentalism, please read the The Guardian’s informative article Portrait of a poet as eco warrior. As for the event in 1993, it is difficult to find more information. I found this link at the Steelhead Society that mentions Mr. Hughes twice.
Symbols Of Survival