There was cause for celebration at College Green this week, as Listen Now Again, the National Library of Ireland’s wonderful exhibition of Seamus Heaney’s archive, welcomed its 80,000th visitor! This latest success for the Listen Now Again team came just a couple of weeks after the happy news that the exhibition has been nominated in the International category of the prestigious UK Museum & Heritage Awards. The ceremony will take place in London on 15th May.
Launched last July by President Michael D. Higgins, Listen Now Again is the inaugural exhibition at the Bank of Ireland’s Cultural and Heritage Centre and its immersive exploration of the poet’s life and work, drawn from the NLI’s archive of manuscripts, notebooks and diaries – donated by Heaney – has been recognised everywhere from the BBC to the New York Times. The most moving tributes, however, have come from the visitors themselves, who leave their comments on a wall in the specially designed space at the exhibition’s conclusion, created by street artist Maser. Among our favourites was this one, which simply said, “I walk out with lightened heart”.
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.