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TLRH|Fields of Vision: Seamus Heaney and Society

Wednesday, 2 September 2020, 7 – 8pm

TLRH|Fields of Vision: Seamus Heaney and Society

This special Trinity Long Room Hub online event, which marks the seventh anniversary of the poet’s death (on 30th August, 2013) looks at the work of Seamus Heaney through five images which reflect his preoccupations and help us to understand his achievement in poetry. These images, which will be discussed by two leading scholars of Heaney’s work, Rosie Lavan and Chris Morash, evoke different moments in his career, from his early appearance in Vogue magazine to his humane meditations on the history of violence prompted by world events. Accompanied by selections from his poetry and prose read by the distinguished actor Adrian Dunbar, they also shed light on the influences and experiences – both public and private – which shaped Heaney’s imagination.

The event also marks the launch of Seamus Heaney and Society, by Rosie Lavan. Published in 2020 by Oxford University Press, this important new study discusses how the poet was shaped by his work as a teacher, lecturer, critic, and public figure.

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Adrian Dunbar is a leading Northern Irish actor, director and screenwriter. In addition to his numerous theatre, film and television roles, he has directed the work of Samuel Beckett and Brian Friel for the stage and has given several celebrated public readings of Heaney’s poetry.

Rosie Lavan is Assistant Professor in the School of English at Trinity. She is the author of Seamus Heaney and Society (2020), and she is currently working with Bernard O’Donoghue on a new Faber edition of the poems of Seamus Heaney.

Chris Morash is the Seamus Heaney Professor of Irish Writing in Trinity College Dublin. His next book, Yeats on Theatre, will be published in 2021.

Campus Location: Online
Accessibility: N/A
Room: Online webinar
Research Theme: Creative Arts Practice, Manuscript, Book and Print Culture
Event Category: Alumni, Arts and Culture, Classes, Lectures and Seminars, Library, Public, Special events
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Contact Name: Trinity Long Room Hub

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