Tagged with Seamus Heaney

Visiting Seamus Heaney Country

Visiting Seamus Heaney Country

A Poetry Scholar’s Tribute, and an Alert, by Chris Watson On a recent visit to Ireland, coming through County Derry, I visited Home Place, which is described as ‘a major new arts and literary centre in Bellaghy, dedicated to the legacy of Seamus Heaney’.  Heaney’s poetry is often built on memories of childhood family and … Continue reading

HEANEY’S HOUSE

HEANEY’S HOUSE

A RECOLLECTION  by Danny Cusack Reproduced with permission from The Journal, the Australian Irish Heritage Association (WA) quarterly. In the summer of 1985, soon after my first move to Ireland, I attended the International Association for the Study of Anglo-Irish Literature (IASAIL) conference in Belfast. On the closing day a small man in his mid-60s came over … Continue reading

A Citizen of the Republic of Conscience: Seamus Heaney and Northern Ireland

A Citizen of the Republic of Conscience: Seamus Heaney and Northern Ireland

For hard-line Republicans, Heaney has always been far too reluctant to take sides; for moderate nationalists, his efforts to locate the violence in the North within historically-based atrocities was seen as a compromise of his creative principles; whilst for many hard-line unionists, Heaney is, without qualification, a Catholic/nationalist and, thus, political writer, whose loyalties are already fixed to one side of the conflict. Continue reading

On first teaching Heaney

On first teaching Heaney

Another in Tinteán’s ongoing series of tributes to Seamus Heaney, arguing that Heaney’s rapid canonisation was due to his attractive subjects and themes, and to his poems’ suitability for contemporary criticism. Continue reading