Seamus Heaney:
A Commemoration and Celebration

We are most pleased to invite you to attend a day of lectures on Tuesday 4th March 2014 commemorating the life and work of Seamus Heaney, Honorary Fellow of Magdalene, 1999-2013. Seamus Heaney was internationally recognised as the greatest Irish poet since WB Yeats, his reputation and influence spreading far beyond literary circles. In 1995 he was awarded the Nobel Prize, "for works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth, which exalt everyday miracles and the living past". This programme draws together renowned academics and poets in a celebration of his work.

Please note that there are a limited number of spaces availabe for each session, and given the likely demand for places early booking is recommended.

This event is free, including a buffet lunch; however places must be booked in advance. To book a place please complete and return a booking form to the Alumni & Development Office by Friday 21st February at the latest. Alternatively contact the Alumni and Development Office on 01223 768587 in order to book by phone.




10.00 am             Welcome by the Master, Lord Williams of Oystermouth, The Humphrey Cripps Theatre 
                             OPENING LECTURE: Professor Roy Foster ‘Seamus Heaney in his times’

11.00 am              Tea and coffee, the Denis Murphy Gallery, Cripps Court

11.30am             CRITICS ON HEANEY, The Humphrey Cripps Theatre, Cripps Court
                             Chair: Dr. Sinead Garrigan Mattar
                             Professor Matthew Campbell "'Broaghville': Heaney and the Sound of Poetry'
                             Professor Declan Kiberd "The impact of North"
                             Professor Edna Longley "Heaney’s Pastoral Ground"
                             Professor Michael Schmidt "The Flight Path"

1.00pm                Buffet lunch, the Denis Murphy Gallery, Cripps Court  

2.00pm               POETS ON HEANEY, The Humphrey Cripps Theatre, Cripps Court
                             Chair: The Master, Lord Williams of Oystermouth
                             Leontia Flynn
                             Michael Longley
                             Bernard O’Donoghue 
                             Don Paterson

3.45pm                Tea and coffee, the Denis Murphy Gallery, Cripps Court

4.15pm               SEAMUS HEANEY: WORK, REPUTATION, LEGACY, The Humphrey Cripps Theatre
                             Round table discussion
                             Chair: Professor Clair Wills
                             Participants: Professor Roy Foster, Leontia Flynn, Professor John Kerrigan,
                             Professor Declan Kiberd, Professor Edna Longley, Michael Longley, Bernard O’Donoghue,
                             Don Paterson, Professor Michael Schmidt.
                             (The discussion will be open to questions and interventions from the floor).

 5.45pm               Thanks, and end of event.

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