EDUCATION: Studied at St Martin's School of Art, London, England, from 1985. Graduated in 1988 with a BA (Hons).
CAREER: Poet, author, artist. Also worked as a waitress, as a clerk for the Collector of Taxes and the Ministry of Defence, as sales manager of a greeting card publishing company and for an estate agency.
1986: Getting Rid of Edna (6 short stories for children) published in the U.K. by Heinemann. Getting Rid of Aunt Edna published by Harper and Row in the U.S. Illustrated by Ed Levine. Published in paperback in 1988 in the U.K. by Pan Books Ltd (Young Piper edition.) Re-illustrated by Scoular Anderson.
1989: The Meal A Mile Long (Picture book for very young children - author illustrated) published by Simon and Schuster in the U.S., Australia and the U.K.
1990: Waldorf And The Sleeping Granny (A novel for 10-12 year olds - author illustrated) published by Simon and Schuster in the U.K.
1992: The Thing In The Sink (7-9 year olds) published by Simon and Schuster in the U.K. Illustrated by Chris Riddell. 2003: Re-issued by Hodder Children's Books.
1994: Rent-a-friend (7-9 year olds) published by Simon and Schuster in the U.K. Illustrated by Chris Riddell. 2003: Re-issued by Hodder Children's Books.
1997: The Tall Story (7-9 year olds) published by Macdonald Young Books in the U.K. Illustrated by Chris Riddell. 2003: Re-issued by Hodder Children's Books.
2001: Three Scary Stories (Three stories for older children illustrated by Chris Riddell) published by Harper Collins UK.
1986: Keeper of the Keys (short story) published in the Canadian quarterly Exile.
1998: Wooroloo published in the U.S. by Harper Flamingo. In 1999 by Fremantle Arts Centre Press in Australia and by Bloodaxe in the U.K. Author illustrated covers. Wooroloo received a Poetry Book Society special commendation.
2001: Stonepicker published by Bloodaxe in the U.K. and Fremantle Press in Australia. Author illustrated cover. Harper Flamingo in the U.S. in 2005.
2002: Waxworks published by Bloodaxe in the U.K. Harper Collins in the U.S and Fremantle Press in Australia in February 2003.
2006: Forty-Five published by Harper Collins in the US in December.
2009: Stonepicker and The Book of Mirrors poetry collection published by Harper Collins in the US in May. Author illustrated cover. (This double book includes Stonepicker which was not previously published in the US.) ISBN: 978-0-06-056452-0
2009: The Book of Mirrors published by Bloodaxe Books in the UK in October. Author illustrated cover. ISBN: 978-1-85224-851-2
2015: Alternative Values published by Bloodaxa Books Ltd in October, Sixty poems and paintings by Frieda Hughes. ISBN 978-1-78037-266-2
Frieda Hughes's poems have also been published in The New Yorker, Tatler, The Spectator, Thumbscrew, The Paris Review, First Pressings, and The London Magazine among others.
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.
1993: Joint exhibition at the Delaney Gallery, Perth, Western Australia.
1993: Group exhibition at Perth Galleries, Perth, Western Australia.
1994: Group exhibition at the Gomboc Gallery, Middle Swan, Western Australia.
1994: Group exhibition at Gallery Savah, Sydney, Australia.
1995: Solo exhibition at the Provenance Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
1995: Solo exhibition at the Anna Mei Chadwick Gallery, Fulham, London.
1996: Joint exhibition, in London, sponsored by Lloyds Bank plc.
1997: Joint exhibition at The Cork St Gallery, London.
1998: Joint exhibition, sponsored by The Royal Commonwealth Society, London.
1999: Joint studio exhibition, London.
2001: Joint studio exhibition, London.
2002: Joint studio exhibition, London.
2003: Joint exhibition at the Soan Gallery, London.
2008: Studio exhibition in Wales.
2010: Solo exhibition, Gallery 27, Cork St, London.
2012: Solo exhibition, Gallery 27, Cork St, London.
2013: Exhibited at the Henley Festival.
2013: Group exhibition at the Francis Kyle Gallery, London.
2014: Solo exhibition at Halls Fine Art, Shrewsbury.
2015: Solo exhibition at Belgravia Gallery, London.
Notes: Frieda Hughes's first poetry collection Wooroloo was named after the tiny country hamlet where she lived in Western Australia between 1994 and 1998. This is where she wrote most of the Wooroloo poems. Frieda was drawn to Western Australia's diverse landscape and open wilderness on a visit in 1988 and moved there in 1991. It proved to be a rich source of inspiration both for her poetry and her paintings until she returned to England in 1998. She lived in London until 2004 when the need for larger studio space persuaded her to move to Mid Wales.
In June 2002 Frieda Hughes was given an Invention and Innovation award by NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) for her project FORTY YEARS. This project was to produce forty abstract paintings which would be based on forty poems, one representing each of the first forty years of her life. The idea was to explore the emotional impact of each year on the canvas while the poems would be the 'key' to the abstraction. As the project progressed, Frieda added five more paintings and poems to bring the project up to her forty-fifth year.
As of 2006 the poems are finished and the paintings are completed. The result is a four foot high, two hundred and twenty-five foot long painting in forty-five panels, which is an abstract landscape of the first forty-five years of her life.
Harper Collins (US) published the poems of 'Forty-Five' in December 2006.