Seamus Heaney

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Peggy Hughes remembers Seamus Heaney 1939–2013

25 Sep 2013

Programme Director at Dundee Literary Festival on the legacy of the Nobel Laureate

What to say at the passing of Seamus Heaney, Nobel Laureate, luminary and seer, a figure dear to the imaginations and hearts of poetry lovers around the globe. I could consider his poetry, but there’s not enough room. A few favourites, even? Ditto…

Is Dundee the most literary city in Scotland?

19 Sep 2013

A look at the city's literary heritage as campaign to be named City of Culture 2017 gains momentum

As part of Dundee's bid to be named City of Culture 2017, the city has been making the most of its cultural credentials, not least by appointing its first makar last week. WN Herbert has pledged to focus on mixing literature and technology, with the…

Edinburgh International Book Festival: Highlights

10 Aug 2012

Seamus Heaney, Michael Morpurgo, Irvine Welsh, Nile Rodgers and more

Seamus Heaney The Nobel prizewinner is in town for what will be an undoubted highlight of the month (if not the year) as he chews some literary fat with Karl Miller and Andrew O’Hagan. See online feature at 3-18 Aug, 6.30pm, £10…

Five writers' views on Seamus Heaney ahead of Edinburgh Book Festival

11 Jul 2012

Ruth Padel, Ron Butlin, Bashabi Fraser, Alan Gillis and John Burnside

Ruth Padel. I’ve carried Heaney’s work with me all over the place, both his poetry and his always illuminating criticism. He gets to the heart every time. When I first met him, the book I shyly asked if he’d sign was Station Island: such innovative…

Further Edinburgh Book Festival highlights 2010

15 Jul 2010

In addition to events featuring Will Self, Heather Brooke and youth fiction-writers Tohby Riddle, John Green, Meg Rosoff, Cathy Cassidy there are plenty more highlights in the Edinburgh Book Festival programme.

StAnza 2010 - An evening with Seamus Heaney

22 Mar 2010

Tickets for the highlight event of this years St Andrews poetry festival - StAnza - had been sold out for weeks, for Heaney has struck a populist chord with that minority group – poetry lovers. Ever since his first major collection in 1966 The Death of…

StAnza 2010 - Kei Miller interview

25 Feb 2010

In the historic surroundings of St Andrews resides one of the most interesting events in the literary calendar. The unassuming programme for StAnza sets out the expected author events, the star names like Seamus Heaney, the technique-polishing workshops…

StAnza 2010 Poetry Festival Programme Launch

20 Jan 2010

Ahead of the five-day event in March, StAnza’s poet-in-residence Kei Miller (pictured) hosts the launch of the 2010 St Andrews programme. Among those appearing this year are Seamus Heaney, John Burnside, Jen Hadfield, Ben Okri and Linton Kwesi Johnson…

Seamus Heaney

18 Aug 2006

As Seamus Heaney arrives for two heavily-anticipated events, Owen O’Neill describes his lifelong fascination with the poet. Only someone of Seamus Heaney’s Easter Island literary stature could describe poetry as ‘balancing the scales of reality…