Tuesday 19 September 2017

Poetry event to stage Heaney tribute

A SPECIAL tribute to the late Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney will be staged at the opening night of the On Home Ground Poetry Festival.

The three-day event, which takes place at Laurel Villa Guesthouse in Magherafelt from September 20 to 22, was due to feature an opening night address by the great poet himself, who was the patron of the festival, entitled: 'Important Places: A Reading With Commentary.'

Organisers have now decided that their long-time friend should be remembered accordingly and have brought together a host of poets including Joan Newmann, Frank Ormsby, Iggy McGovern, Moyra Donaldson, Maura Johnston, Kate Newmann and Martin Mooney to pay tribute to the literary stalwart in an event celebrating some of his great works. Festival co-ordinator Eugene Kielt said: "The loss of Seamus, our dear friend and patron of the festival, has come as a massive shock to us all. Given the massive commitment he has made to our lives, to poetry and to Laurel Villa, we felt it only right that we pay homage to our friend with a special tribute evening reflecting on some of his finest work."

The full festival programme, including box office information, is available at www.laurel-villa.com or Tel: 028 796 31510.

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