We are delighted to announce a major new exhibition from the National Library of Ireland devoted to the life and work of Seamus Heaney, opening in Dublin in summer 2018. 'Listen Now Again' will be the inaugural exhibition at a major new cultural space located in the historic surroundings of Bank of Ireland on College Green.
Drawing on Seamus Heaney's archive of manuscripts, notebooks and literary papers – donated by the poet and his family to the NLI in 2011 – this landmark exhibition will give everyone from schoolchildren to scholars to newcomers to Heaney's work the chance to observe the poet's creative process first hand. The title is drawn from the closing line of Seamus Heaney's poem 'The Rainstick'.
The exhibition is curated by Professor Geraldine Higgins, who knew Heaney personally and has previously put together another exhibition of his work at Emory University in Atlanta. Professor Higgins has written a piece describing the process of working with the poet's manuscripts, combined with her memories of the man - read on our News and Articles page.
For more information on 'Listen Now Again', visit www.nli.ie.
Today marks the US publication by Farrar Straus and Giroux of 100 Poems, a selection of one hundred of Seamus Heaney’s best-loved poems – spanning his career, from first collection to last – as chosen by the poet’s family.
To celebrate the first hugely successful year of Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again at the Bank of Ireland Cultural and Heritage Centre at College Green, in Dublin, a series of free lunchtime concerts is taking place at 1pm every Thursday from now until the end of September.
In a new history of the firm founded by his grandfather, Toby Faber delves into the Faber archives to tell the inside story of this great publishing house. Here, the legendary poetry editor Charles Monteith writes to a young Seamus Heaney, while a few years later, Heaney himself directs Monteith towards an aspiring poet by the name of Muldoon…
Seamus Heaney was born on 13 April 1939 – tomorrow would have been his 80th birthday.
For the past six months, filming has been taking place - from Bellaghy to Boston to Dublin - for a new feature-length documentary about the life and work of Seamus Heaney, provisionally titled Seamus Heaney: The Music of What Happens.
One of the last projects Seamus Heaney ever collaborated on was adapting his translations of a series of 15th-century animal fables into a series of short animated films.
Forty years after its first publication in 1979, Seamus Heaney’s fifth collection, Field Work, is considered afresh by his friend and fellow poet Bernard O’Donoghue
Throughout 2019, the year that would have marked Seamus Heaney’s 80th birthday, poet and translator Marco Sonzogni will celebrate Heaney’s work with a series of pieces based on the sounds in his poetry. Here, he starts at the beginning, with ‘Death of a Naturalist’, the title poem of the first collection, and a memory of his own.
As the Collected Poems CD box set produced by RTE in association with The Lannan Foundation is about to be re-published, Lorelei Harris, then at RTE Radio 1 and the executive producer of the box set, looks back at how it came to be.