For the past three months (93 days, to be precise) we’ve been counting down on Twitter to the publication of 100 Poems by Seamus Heaney, which will be published a week from today, on June 28. This new selection of work – spanning all twelve of Heaney’s original collections – has been specially chosen by the poet’s immediate family, and includes his best-known and most celebrated poems (like ‘Digging’ and ‘Mid-Term Break’) and – hopefully! – a few surprises, too. It’s a beautiful volume, inside and out, all thanks to publishers Faber and Faber.
To celebrate publication, 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. The evening with be introduced by Faber’s poetry editor, Matthew Hollis, with readings by the great Irish novelist Edna O’Brien (a longtime friend of the poet), the poets Nick Laird and Daljit Nagra, and Seamus Heaney’s daughter, Catherine.
It promises to be a memorable and moving evening, as we listen once again to some of Heaney’s best-loved works in The Coronet’s wonderfully atmospheric setting.
Tickets and further information available from the Print Room website – click here to book. And, to whet your appetite, here's a recording of Seamus Heaney reading his classic poem, 'Postscript'.
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.
After months of preparation, 21 regional heats, and the speaking of hundreds of poems across the country, the finals of Poetry Aloud will take place in Dublin this Friday, 7 December. Niall MacMonagle charts the history of the prize and Seamus Heaney’s own connection to it
DCU honours Heaney the teacher with the naming of a new lecture theatre, and accompanying portrait, in its St. Patrick’s campus