Remembering the irreplaceable Seamus Heaney

NOBEL Prize laureate and one of the greatest poets of the 20th century, the Irish writer and translater Seamus Heaney is celebrated in a talk about his life and poetry, with readings, by Graham Fawcett, at Sladers Yard, West Bay on Wednesday 10th October at 7.30pm

A regular speaker at Sladers Yard, Graham Fawcett will reflect on the exhilarating range of Heaney’s achievement over nearly 50 years, from his momentous poetic début in 1966 with Death of A Naturalist, poems about his early life in rural Northern Ireland in which he sings with passion, craft and clarity about the world within a world around him.

Winner of the Nobel Prize for literature in 1995 and an outstanding translator of Beowulf and other poems and plays from the ancient and medieval worlds, Heaney wrote more than 20 books of poetry and criticism.

Before and since his death he has been hailed as the finest Irish poet since Yeats, with a powerful legacy as a man whose abiding concern was to sing simply and wonderfully of Ireland, her language and history, and the crafts and customs of her rural heritage, and who did not flinch from making the suffering of modern Ireland his business as a poet.

After Heaney’s death in 2013, the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, said that for his “brothers and sisters in poetry … he came to be the poet we all measured ourselves against and he demonstrated the true vocational nature of his art for every moment of his life. He is irreplaceable.”

In an interview in The Art of Poetry, he said: “The most unexpected and miraculous thing in my life was the arrival in it of poetry itself – as a vocation and an elevation almost.”

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