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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

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

Saturday 13th September

Music

The New Bards

Introduced by music journalist and CEO of Oh Yeah Music Centre Stuart Baillie. Featuring: Best Boy Grip, Robyn G Shiels, Oh Volcano.

Seamus Heaney often remarked that he wished he had gone to more concerts. As a wordsmith, music endlessly fascinated him, and there was no line for him between poetry and songwriting. So welcome to the New Bards On Home Ground, a line up of locally sourced musicians & bands whose lyrics are poetic, whose music is authentic, and whose hearts are pure County Derry. Oh Volcano is Bellaghy brothers Owen and Enda Strathern (formerly of General Fiasco), Robyn G Shiels is from Kilrea, with James Heaney, Seamus' nephew, on banjo, and Eoin O'Callaghan is Best Boy Grip, a songwriter from Derry City. We didn't ask Eminem. Maybe next year?


Venue: Laurel Villa

Times: 4pm


Paid event

Admission £10.00

Sunday 14th September

Music

The Given Note On Home Ground - Liam O'Flynn, Neil Martin, Bríd Brennan and Rod McVey

Peerless uilleann pipe Liam O'Flynn returns to his late friend and long time collaborator Seamus Heaney's Home Ground for one off performance.

The legendary musician will play some of the traditional music which formed such a part of "The Poet & the Piper" presentation and which resonated with the poetry and personality of Seamus Heaney. 

Award winning Irish actress Bríd Brennan has personally selected the Heaney poems she will read, her distinctive voice and significant stage presence unmistakeable.

On cello is Neil Martin, a composer and musician with an international reputation for choral andorchestral work, theatre, dance, tv and film scores. On keyboards is the Belfast musician Rod McVey, a long time musical collaborator with Liam O'Flynn.


Venue: Laurel Villa

Times: 7.30pm


Paid event

Admission £25.00