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Writers' festival honours Heaney

Majella O'Sullivan

Published 18/04/2014 | 02:30

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Festival chief Sean Lyons, left, and Guido of Fanzini Brothers. Picture: Domnick Walsh

Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney will be remembered at the country's leading literary festival in a way that even the late poet would have approved of.

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Young students will read Heaney's best-loved work in a special 'Poetry Aloud' event at this year's Listowel Writers' Week from May 28 to June 1.

Heaney, who passed away last August, had spent three days at the festival in 2008, during which he revealed that one of the biggest influences on his writing career had been the advice he received from Listowel playwright John B Keane: "If you're serious about writing, resent every minute you're away from it."

The chairman of Listowel Writers' Week, Sean Lyons, who introduced Heaney to his audience in 2008, said: "It was one of the biggest honours of my life to introduce him that night and he spoke so beautifully about the influence Listowel writers like John B and Brian McMahon had had on him."

This year's international authors include IMPAC winner Gerbrand Bakker, Jim Crace, Tishani Doshi, Douglas Kennedy, Dinaw Mengestu and Aminatta Forna.

Irish writers taking part include Booker and IMPAC nominee Donal Ryan, Goldsmith's winner Eimear McBride and Belfast's inaugural Poet Laureate, Sinead Morrissey.

Irish Independent

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