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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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Friday 12th September

Readings

Stanzas and Scones - Poet Nathaniel J McAuley

If Shakespeare believed music was the food of love, we here at On Home Ground believe that scones should be the food of stanzas. It's a bit of poetic licence to invite you to stop by mid morning, pour a cuppa, butter one of Laurel Villa's homemade scones and enjoy some verse from new and established poets.

Venue: Laurel Villa

Times: 11am


Paid event

Admission £5.00

Friday 12th September

Readings

My Heaney - Henry McDonald

Henry is Ireland Correspondant for The Guardian and The Observer. He has been a journalist for more than 25 years. Belfast-born, he is currently writing a novel about one pivotal day in Belfast in 1979. Henry fondly remembers interviewing Heaney on the day the poet laid the foundations of the new Lyric Theatre, about the Lisbon referendum, the EU's future and listening to the Nobel laureate's passionate defence of the democratic European ideal.

Venue: Laurel Villa

Times: 4pm


Paid event

Admission £5.00

Friday 12th September

Readings

Maurice Riordan

Cork born poet Maurice Riordan will read from "The finest Music" a new anthology of early Irish lyrics to be published by Faber in Novermber.

These are the poems that founded Ireland's rich literature. Seamus Heaney's work in particular relates to this early tradition and the anthology includes several of his poems and translations. In particular Riordan will be looking at Heaney's interest in the medieval tale of Sweeney - and his versions and variations on subjects related to the wild bird-man and the importance of blackbirds in his poems.

Venue: Laurel Villa

Times: 5pm


Paid event

Admission £5.00

Friday 12th September

Readings

Pat Loughrey - Seamus Heaney among school children. Presented by BBC

Seamus Heaney's poetry uniquely captures the wonder of a child's eye view of the world.

Heaney had a deep appreciation of the joys and fears of childhood. He was a teacher and taught in St Thomas' Secondary Intermediate School in West Belfast in the early 1960s and later joined the staff of St Joseph's Teacher Training College.

In that same decade he began to write radio scripts for BBC Schools Programmes and to present occasional School television programmes. Even in those early days Heaney's remarkable ability to speak for and to children was evident, so too was his lifelong love of the local and of South Derry in particular.

In this talk Pat Loughrey presents examples of Heaney's early broadcast work and explores his themes.



Venue: Laurel Villa

Times: 7pm


FREE event

Admission free

Friday 12th September

Music, Readings

Heaney and Songs of the Scribe: Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin with Zoe Conway, John McIntyre and Poets Leontia Flynn and Medbh McGuckian

Venue: Laurel Villa

Times: 8.15


Paid event

Admission £10.00