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.
To celebrate publication of 100 Poems by Seamus Heaney, The Print Room theatre at The Coronet, in London's Notting Hill Gate, will host a very special reading on Tuesday 10 July, at 7pm.
With just weeks before the National Library of Ireland's Listen Now Again exhibition opens in Dublin, Michael Heaney explains why one artefact in particular means so much to him…
This month marks fifty years since a tour undertaken in May 1968 by the poets Michael Longley and Seamus Heaney and the folk singer David Hammond, as they travelled around towns in Northern Ireland presenting evenings of poetry and song.
Today is Poetry Day in Ireland and to celebrate, we have delved into the archives to find this recording of Seamus Heaney talking about his first tentative steps into a writing life.
Exactly thirty years ago, in April 1988, Seamus Heaney delivered the inaugural Richard Ellmann Lectures at Emory University in Atlanta. Here, Professor Ronald Schuchard – Heaney's close friend and the founder of the lecture series – remembers a joyous occasion and an ongoing legacy.
On June 28th, Faber and Faber will publish 100 Poems, a new selection of Seamus Heaney’s most celebrated works.
Composer and musician Neil Martin – a long-time friend of Seamus Heaney – has taken the poet’s translation of Sweeney Astray and set it to music for a special St Patrick’s Day concert in Dublin. Here he writes about the challenges and joys of finding the music in the centuries-old story of the mad bird king…
Back in April of last year, at the unveiling of an Aubusson tapestry based on Seamus Heaney’s poems ‘Lightenings viii’, we announced the donation of Seamus Heaney’s poetry books to Poetry Ireland.
Professor Iggy McGovern – physicist and poet – sheds light on a phenomenon that finds echoes in one of Seamus Heaney’s best-loved poems...
This time of year always reminds me of my father’s annual ritual of sending out Christmas cards. Every December, he approached the task with the rigour and planning of a small military operation. First, and most importantly, was the drawing up of the list...