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Seamus Heaney

Mon
22nd February 2010 19:00
Kings Place
90 York Way, N1 9AG
This special event featured Seamus Heaney in conversation about his influences, and the themes that preoccupy his latest work, combined with readings of his poetry.

Seamus Heaney is one of the most important poets writing in the English language. Ever since his acclaimed first collection Death of a Naturalist was published in 1966, Seamus Heaney has been recognised as a towering presence in poetry. His translation of the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf was published to great acclaim in 1999 and his collection District and Circle won the TS Eliot Prize in 2006. Seamus Heaney won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995.

This special event featured the poet in conversation about his influences, and the themes that preoccupy his latest work, along with readings of his poetry.

Taking part in this were:

Bernard O'Donoghue, author of Seamus Heaney and the Language of Poetry interviewed Seamus Heaney

Reading some of Heaney's work were:

Andrew O'Hagan, an acclaimed author and critic who was nominated by Granta Magazine as one of 20 Best Young British Novelists in 2003;

Nick Laird, an acclaimed poet, lawyer, novelist and critic, whose latest novel The Atlantic Ocean was published in 2009;

Jo Shapcott, a much-loved poet, who won the Forward Poetry Prize (Best Collection) for her collection My Life Asleep, and also a two-time winner of the National Poetry Competition; and

Jon Stallworthy, an acclaimed poet and writer who is also a Professor of English Literature at Oxford.

The event was held in association with the Royal Society of Literature and sponsored by The Bloomsbury Hotel.
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