The Guardian newspaper once called him “the greatest poet of our age”. Seamus Heaney, Irish poet, celebrated translator, and recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature and many other awards, was the rarest of poets: one who was lauded by critics and loved by readers from around the world. The Nobel Prize committee described his oeuvre as “works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth, which exalt everyday miracles and the living past”. His books made up two-thirds of all sales of living poets in the UK. Seamus Heaney died at the age of 74 in August this year, but his writings will be read, recited, and studied for many years to come.
Join us for a special evening to commemorate the life of Seamus Heaney.
UWA literary scholars Winthrop Professor Philip Mead, Professor Andrew Lynch and Dr Duc Dau, will give short talks about the place of Heaney’s poetry in their academic and personal lives. Audience members will then be invited to recite a short poem or excerpt and, if they so wish, describe its significance to them. The celebration will conclude with light refreshments.
Cost: Free, but RSVP essential to [email protected]
Places are limited so early booking is advised.