6 March, 8 pm in the Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast. Those who were present at Paula Meehan’s inaugural lecture as Ireland Professor of Poetry last November will long remember the occasion for the panache, wit and passion of her delivery. Her reading from her own work promises to be no less memorable.
Thursday, 27 March at 8 pm in the Crescent Arts Centre. All welcome.
John Lynch’s work as an actor has garnered great praise for his roles in films such as Cal, In the Name of the Father, and Some Mother’s Son, among many others. Now his work as a novelist is beginning to have an equal impact. His debut novel Torn Water (2007) was described by the Independent on Sunday as ‘a tale of great delicacy and originality, in which the fierce intensity of adolescence and, even more, the paranoia and yearning of childhood are evoked with precision, grace and overwhelming conviction.’ This was followed by Falling Out of Heaven (2010), published to similar acclaim.
This reading take place on Thursday, 3 April at 8 pm in the Crescent Arts Centre. All welcome. It is part of the Expanded Lyric conference organized by our PhD students Alice Lyons and Andy Eaton.
Maureen N. McLane is a poet and critic at New York University. Her poetry books include This Blue: poems (forthcoming), World Enough: poems (2012) and Same Life: poems (2010), all published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
Richard Price’s poetry collections include Lucky Day (2005), Greenfields (2007), Rays (2009) and Small World (2012), all published by Carcanet. Small World won Poetry Book of the Year in the 2013 Scottish Book Awards. Lucky Day was shortlisted both for the Forward and the Jerwood-Aldeburgh Prizes for Best First Collection as well as the Whitbread Award.
The Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen’s University Belfast is hosting a major international conference to honour Seamus Heaney from 10th-13th April 2014. ‘Seamus Heaney: a Conference and Commemoration’ will coincide with Seamus’s 75th birthday and the tenth anniversary of the opening of the Centre. The conference will be a celebration of Seamus’s work, and will provide an opportunity for an extended discussion both of his contribution to literature, and of his legacy for future generations of poets, critics and general readers.
Visit the conference website for further details.
All Weclome. Thursday, 1 May at 8 pm in the Crescent Arts Centre.
Jimmy McAleavey and Owen McCafferty.
Jimmy McAleavey has written numerous plays for stage and radio. His Sign of the Whale won the Stewart Parker Major Bursary and was nominated for the Meyer-Whitworth. His BBC Radio 3 play Moonmen was described by The Daily Mail as ‘the perfect radio play’. He is currently under commission with the Abbey Theatre and Tinderbox. Jimmy is a lecturer in the Seamus Heaney Centre, where he teaches scriptwriting for stage, radio and screen.
Owen McCafferty is one of Ireland’s most celebrated playwrights. His work has been produced by the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, the National Theatre in London and every major theatre company in Northern Ireland. His play Scenes from the Big Picture (2003) earned him the John Whiting Award, The Charles Wintour Award for New Playwriting and the Meyer-Whitworth Award: the first time a playwright had won all three awards in one year.
All welcome. Thursday, 8 May at 8 pm in the Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast. Every Spring semester the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry welcomes two Fulbright Scholars, giving us the opportunity to benefit from the presence of the finest writers from the U.S.A.
Liz Rosenberg is Professor of Comparative Literature and Creative Writing in the Department of English and Creative Writing, College of Arts and Sciences, State University of New York at Binghamton. She has published numerous highly commended novels, including Home Repair (Harper Collins, 2009) and Heart and Soul (Harcourt Brace, 1996), and numerous collections of poetry, including the Pulitzer Prize-nominated Demon Love (Mammoth Press, 2008).
Elisabeth Sheffield is Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing in the Department of English and Creative Writing, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder. She has held teaching appointments at various institutions in the USA, Germany and Cyprus and is the author of the critical monograph Joyce’s Abandoned Female Costumes, Gratefully Received (Associated University Presses, 1998) as well as two well-reviewed experimental novels Gone (2003) and Fort Da: A Report (2009).
29 May. M.A. showcase, at 8 pm in the Crescent Arts Centre. This is one of the most popular events in our programme, featuring readings by our Creative Writing students.