A Tribute To Seamus Heaney


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A celebration of the life and work of Seamus Heaney with poetry, music, film, anecdote and appreciation.


Andrew O'Hagan

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Liam O'Flynn

A leading exponent of the uilleann pipes.

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Neil Martin


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Ian Bostridge

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Distinguished British tenor

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Julius Drake

One of the UK's leading classical pianists and accompanists.

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The Chieftains

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Six-time Grammy winners and world-renowned Irish traditional folk ensemble of many years' standing.

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Simon Armitage

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The Millennium poet, who has published numerous collections of poetry, produced several novels, and written extensively for television and radio. In 2010 he received the CBE for services to poetry.

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Carol Ann Duffy

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Appointed Britain's Poet Laureate in May 2009, Carol has also won many awards including the Forward Prize, the Whitbread Poetry Award and the TS Eliot Prize. Her poems address issues such as oppression, gender and violence, in an accessible language that has made them particularly popular in schools.

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Michael Longley

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Tom Paulin

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The GM Young Lecturer in English literature at Hertford College, Oxford who appears on TV and is a published author and poet.

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Edna O'Brien

An Irish novelist and short-story writer who has been published her first book in 1960 and continues to produce new work. She is the recipient of many awards including the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, the Irish Pen Lifetime Achievement Award, the American National Arts Gold Medal and the Ulysses Medal.

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Bernard O'Donoghue

Winner of the Whitbread Poetry Prize, with his collection 'Gunpowder', O'Donoghue's writing is largely inspired by his native Cork.

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Christopher Reid

Christopher Reid was born in Hong Kong in 1949 and educated at Oxford. In the '90s he was Poetry editor at Faber and worked especially closely with Ted Hughes during the last eight years of his life, subsequently editing The Letters of Ted Hughes (2007). His own collections include A Scattering and The Song of Lunch (both 2009), Selected Poems (2011) and Nonsense (2012).

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Also Appearing

Charlotte Higgins, Paula Meehan, Paul Muldoon, Ruth Negga

Royal Festival Hall

  • Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road
  • South Bank
  • London
  • SE1 8XX

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