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Monday 22 September 2014

One City One Book features unseen Heaney poem

Published 26/03/2014 | 02:30

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Pictured (l to r) at the launch: Brendan Kennelly, Dermot Bolger, Gabriel Rosenstock, Theo Dorgan and Paula Meehan. Jason Clarke
At the launch of this year's Dublin: One City One Book festival programme of events at the statue of Patrick Kavanagh on Grand Canal Bank was poet Paula Meehan, with Lord Mayor of Dublin Oisin Quinn and poet Brendan Kennelly. Picture Jason Clarke Photography
At the launch of this year's Dublin: One City One Book festival programme of events at the statue of Patrick Kavanagh on Grand Canal Bank was poet Paula Meehan, with Lord Mayor of Dublin Oisin Quinn and poet Brendan Kennelly. Picture Jason Clarke Photography

A NEVER-BEFORE seen Seamus Heaney poem has been published in this year's One City One Book title, 'If Ever You Go'.

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The new four-line composition, entitled Dublin 4, was included after organisers asked Mr Heaney to contribute to the project when they noticed he wrote very little about Dublin.

Jane Alger, the director of the Dublin City Libraries Unesco City of Literature programme, explained how the poem came to be included.

"The publishers were talking to him about his suggestions for the book and they were talking about how he didn't write that much about Dublin, so they asked him what he'd like to submit," she said.

The book, a map of Dublin in poetry and song, was launched at the Patrick Kavanagh bench on the Grand Canal bank, and when Paula Meehan, the Ireland Chair of Poetry, opened the book as she sat beside Mr Kavanagh's statue, it fell and opened on one of his poems. Some of the other Irish poets included in the book are Theo Dorgan and Brendan Kennelly.

Irish Independent

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