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Glenn Patterson

Novelist Glenn Patterson’s most recent novel is The Rest Just Follows (Faber). His non-fiction works are Lapsed Protestant, and Once Upon a Hill: Love in Troubled Times. His first film, Good Vibrations (co-written with Colin Carberry) was nominated for a BAFTA in 2014.

Gerard Brennan

Crime Fiction Writer Gerard Brennan's short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies, including three volumes of The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime. He co-edited Requiems for the Departed, a collection of crime fiction based on Irish myths, and co-wrote The Sweety Bottle, a stage play. His novella, The Point, was published by Pulp Press in October 2011 and won the 2012 Spinetingler Award. Blasted Heath published his debut novel, WEE ROCKETS, in 2012, and they will release his latest novel, UNDERCOVER, in 2014. He is currently working on a creative writing PhD at Queen's University Belfast

Gary Lightbody

Singer/Songwriter Snow Patrol's front man, Gary Lightbody, pays his first public performance tribute to the man he describes as making him want to be a writer. From being published as a poet at 15 to winning an Ivor Novello award & penning some of the biggest anthemic hits of our times, Gary places Seamus as a central force in his creative life. Writing in response to the news of Seamus' death, he wrote about an invisible tribe of people who act as creative touchstones. "People of profound light, love and kindness that simply maybe even without their knowledge make us and the world around them better. Stepehen Fry is one. Guy Garvey another. To seem them on the stage, screen or on the page makes us feel safer, happier, stronger, more centred and less confused by life and what the hell we're doing here. I would make Heaney chieftain of that 'invisible tribe.'" Gary will be in conversation with the On Home Ground curator Marie Louise Muir.