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Celebrate the poetry of Seamus Heaney ‘On Home Ground’

18 Jul
StAnza 2010 In Conversation event

Seamus Heaney in conversation with the late Dennis O’Driscoll at StAnza 2010

Like Scotland, Ireland is famous for its literary festivals, usually centred on areas associated with writers. This one is really rather special: a celebration of poetry and place in the territory of one of the world’s most prominent poets: Seamus Heaney.

‘On Home Ground’ is a new festival, taking place over a long weekend in Magherafelt,  in the South Derry of Heaney’s poetry. The Festival, unique in returning the local Nobel Laureate to his home ground, is one of the highlights of the Derry~Londonderry UK City of Culture 2013 events programme.

Seamus Heaney, as Patron, will open the festival with an address entitled Important Places: A Reading with Commentary on Friday 20 September 2013. During the weekend there will be talks and readings about local places and the chance to take a guided tour of the places Heaney talks about or there will be ample time to explore them yourselves.

Other poetic gems include a reading by award-winning poet Michael Longley and novelist and short story writer Bernard MacLaverty, both of whom are favourites at StAnza. And among the other events are readings by Colette Bryce, Nick Laird and Sinead Morrissey. During the course of the weekend there will an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Michael McGuinness, one of the finest Irish artists of his generation. The National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke, will close the Festival on Sunday 22 September.

Nine of the 10 Festival events will be held in the grounds of Laurel Villa Guesthouse in Magherafelt, a designated UK Poetry Society Landmark, which hosts regular poetry readings through the year.

On Home Ground Poetry Festival is part-funded by Culture Company 2013.

The full Festival program including box office information is available at http://www.laurel-villa.com

Poetry raising funds for charity

4 May

A poetry charity night is being held in Glasgow to raise funds for to support Oxfam’s work with rural communities. The event, supporting the project Old MacDonald had a Farm for Africa, will take place on Friday 18th May at 7:30 pm at the Glasgow Art Club, 185 Bath Street, and it promises to be a memorable evening, with a great line up of poets taking part. Confirmed so far are Liz Lochhead, Alasdair Gray , Douglas Dunn, Bernard MacLaverty, Aonghas Macneacail, Rab Wilson, Gerrie Fellows , Miriam Gamble, Peter Mckay, Gerry Cambridge, Tawona Sithole, Robyn Marsack, Eleanor Livingstone, Lesley Duncan, and Jim Carruth.

It is a very special night and for a very good cause. The event will be limited to only 100 people. Tickets cost £10 and can be bought at the Oxfam Bookshop on Royal Exchange Square in Glasgow, or by phoning 0141 248 9176 (ask for Gillian).  For more information e-mail jim@carruth.freeserve.co.uk or to make a donation visit www.justgiving.com/Jim-Carruth

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