In Conversation: Seamus Heaney: Truth to Life

5 October 2018, 19:00

Ondaatje Wing Theatre

Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Seamus Heaney
by Tai-Shan Schierenberg
2004
NPG 6703

In his Nobel Prize acceptance speech in 1995, Seamus Heaney said, ‘I credit poetry because credit is due to it, in our time and in all time, for its truth to life, in every sense of that phrase.’  Five years after his death, we celebrate the lasting power of Heaney’s verse, his ability to ‘credit marvels’, and his enduring presence in the work of poets writing now.

Inua Ellams, born in Nigeria, is a poet, playwright and performer. He is a Complete Works poet alumnus and has written for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and the BBC. Inua was elected an RSL Fellow in 2018.

Sinéad Morrissey has published six books of poetry and was Belfast’s inaugural Poet Laureate from 2013 to 2014. She was Assistant Director of the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen’s University, Belfast, and is now Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University.

Andrew O’Hagan, prize-winning novelist, contributing editor to the London Review of Books and Granta magazine, and friend of Seamus Heaney, chairs the evening’s readings and celebrations.

In partnership with the Royal Society of Literature.

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