Heaney's Home from Home Revealed in New Exhibit
Specially curated collection sheds light on the Co. Wicklow retreat where the poet produced some of his most well-known works
A new exhibition is to shed light on a writer's retreat which inspired some of Seamus Heaney's most significant works.
The Hedge School of Glanmore brings together two centres of the late Nobel Laureate's work – Bellaghy in Co. Derry and Glanmore in Co. Wicklow - and features manuscripts and typescripts of poems written in the Co. Wicklow cottage which Heaney and his family first moved to in 1972.
Amongst the writings produced from the location are the well-known Glanmore Sonnets. The collection's fourth poem was one recited by Belfast's Peter McDonald for A Commemorative Reading, which saw poet laureates from across Britain gather at the Ulster Hall in celebration of Heaney in 2014. Carol Ann Duffy also opened with evening with a memorable reading of 'The Blackbird of Glanmore'.
On display at Seamus Heaney HomePlace from February 10 - March 31, the specially curated collection will reveal his writing process from first draft to final printing and will include first editions and signed limited editions as well as broadside poems, contemporary reviews and artefacts from the Seamus Heaney Literary Papers in the National Library of Ireland.
Commenting on the exhibition, curator and collector of Heaney books for over 40 years, John Dunne said: 'The environment and landscape were key inspirations for Seamus Heaney and we are delighted to be bringing this new exhibition to Seamus Heaney HomePlace, a centre of celebration of the Nobel Laureate, to offer a unique insight into Glanmore Cottage, the beloved writing retreat where he produced some of his most famous and imaginative work.'
To coincide with the exhibition, a panel discussion on the importance of the cottage, and of Glanmore itself, to Seamus Heaney’s writing with curator John Dunne, Pat Brennan and writer Michael Kinsella will take place on Seamus Heaney HomePlace on Saturday February 11 at 11.00am. For tickets go to www.seamusheaneyhome.com. The Hedge School of Glanmore is free to attend.