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School workshops in Illustration and Creative Writing
Evening events in Laurel Villa
Stanzas and Scones with guest poets
Exhibition by Colin Davidson
Laureate na nÓg visit Eoin Colfer
Discussions and poetry readings
Reading Rooms
Illustration and Creative Writing workshops open to the public
Music performance by Gary Lightbody from Snow Patrol
Closing event Liam O'Flynn and guests








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Thursday 11th September

Readings

Poetry Trail - From Boortree To Anemone

In July this year, the poet and keen plantswoman Jean Bleakney was introduced to the owner of Maghera's Mid Ulster Garden Centre, Jim Bradley. A creative friendship was forged as the idea of the poetry themed Heaney garden took seed.

Emails were exchanged discussing plants like Rosa Old Blush China and Artemisa Arbrotanum and Jean swopping poetry. One email saw Jim sign off "Thank you for the link. I am now both horticulturally and poetically uplifted for the day!"

Plants have provided inspiration, balm and metaphor throughout history. Strollers in the garden of Laurel Villa will find a trail of poems placed alongside plants to which they are linked by name or association; poems by Seamus Heaney and the poets who inspired him. This installation uses Laurel Villa's leafy backdrop and specific existing plants and supplied by Mid Ulster Garden Centre.


Venue: Laurel Villa

Times: Daily from 10am


FREE event

Admission free

Thursday 11th September

Exhibitions

Painting Heaney

At the end of 2012, Seamus Heaney sat for a portrait by Colin Davidson in the poet's Dublin home. The resulting painting was unveiled in June 2013, just two months before Heaney's death. This small exhibition gives a unique insight into the artist's working practice, showing some of his drawings of the Nobel Laureate alongside the finished portrait itself. The exhibition will also include a short BBC film, which documents Colin Davidson's progress, from start to finish, with what would be the last portrait of Seamus Heaney.

Venue: Laurel Villa

Times: Daily from 12noon - 8pm


FREE event

Thursday 11th September

In conversation, Readings

Colin Davidson in Conversation with Glenn Patterson

Colin Davidson is in conversation with the writer Glenn Patterson who also has recently sat for Colin, and brings his own insight into being a Davidson subject


Venue: Laurel Villa

Times: 7 pm


Paid event

Admission £10.00

Thursday 11th September

Exhibitions

Heaney On Air - A BBC Tribute

Heaney on Air is a tribute to Seamus Heaney's work for the BBC. It will include a selection of archive screenings and an illustrated talk by Pat Loughrey on Seamus Heaney's programmes for local schools and our Nobel Laureate's skills as a writer of scripts and presenter. It promises to be a memorable event, unlocking the archive and celebrating Seamus Heaney as one of our most gifted broadcasters - a public intellectual whose voice was familiar (and immediately recognisable) to BBC audiences at home and around the world. 

Venue: Laurel Villa

Times: Daily from 10am The Stables, Laurel Villa


FREE event

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Thursday 11th September

In conversation, Readings

Peter Fallon In Conversation with Heaney commentator Professor Bernard O' Donoghue

The Gallery Press publisher and poet Peter Fallon talks to leading Heaney critic, poet & Oxford academic, Prof. Bernard O'Donoghue about his long & unique relationship with Seamus Heaney. From being one of the Seamus' first readers to Seamus being best man at Peter's wedding, it is a story of two friends who, in Peter's words, "rode shotgun for each other".

Expect an intimate evening of words & wit in celebration of a singular and deep reaching friendship forged in poetry, people and place.

Peter will also be reading from "Strong, My Love", his first collection in seven years, a series of prayer like poems for family & old friends.


Venue: Laurel Villa

Times: 8pm


Paid event

Admission £7.50

Thursday 11th September

Education

Illustration Workshops

NB: Thursday and Friday illustration workshops are for invited school groups only and are not open to the public.

Audience: Children

Times: Thursday 11, Bellaghy 10am & 2pm Laurel Villa 10 am Friday 12, 10am & 2pm Magherafelt Library, The Bridewell


FREE event

Thursday 11th September

Education

Creative Writing workshops

The Verbal Arts Centre is unique in its promotion of language and literature. Situated in Derry - Londonderry on the City walls, our ethos is to engage, educate and enthuse through the arts and development of written and spoken word.

We are delighted to be involved a programme of creative writing session aimed at various ages. Participants will gain a greater understanding of how to structure and develop their own poetry. Together the groups will work with a team of creative writers to complete the task of creating a new collection of poetry.

Times: Thursday 11 Bellaghy 10am & 2pm Laurel Villa 2 pm Friday 12 10am & 2pm Magherafelt Library, The Bridewell


FREE event

NB: Thursday and Friday creative writing workshops are for invited school groups only and are not open to the public.

Thursday 11th September

Readings

The Reading Rooms

The Reading Rooms is a socially inclusive shared reading based on a model of collective reading in a group setting. The Reading Rooms is an innovative, flexible programme which has delivered by the Verbal Arts Centre in a variety of settings and to a range of participant groups from prison groups, older people, dementia groups, young people and various health and wellbeing groups.

Using a shared reading model with poetry and prose, the Reading Rooms project works with many groups to create an accessible and safe setting for participants to engage and flourish trough a series of educational, health and wellbeing sessions.

Throughout the Festival we are delighted that the Reading Rooms will become a hub of celebration of Seamus Heaney's work.


Times: Thursday 11, 12.30pm, Bellaghy Friday 12, 12.30pm & 3pm, Laurel Villa Saturday 13, 11am Magherafelt Library / 12.30pm Laurel Villa Sunday 14, 12noon Magherafelt Library / 12.30pm Laurel Villa


FREE event

Admission Free