A Seamus Heaney Special Double Issue
Thursday 12 February, at 8pm in the McMordie Hall, Music Building,
Queen’s University Belfast

Together with Cork University Press, the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry celebrates the publication of the 50th issue of The Irish Review. This special double issue features poetry, reflections and essays in honour of Seamus Heaney, with a number of contributions drawn from the four-day Seamus Heaney: A Conference and Commemoration organised by the Heaney Centre in April 2014. Professor Edna Longley, one of the founders and former editors of The Irish Review will reflect on the issue and its significance in the history of the journal since it first began in 1986. 

Presented in Association with Cork University Press.

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SURGE: New Writing from Ireland

Launch of SURGE:  New Writing from Ireland

Thursday, 27 November, at 8pm in the Crescent Arts Centre

This unique anthology, edited by Frank McGuinness, contains the very best of a new generation of writers, with ten stories selected from students in the postgraduate writing programmes of Trinity College Dublin, UCD, UCC, UCG and Queen's University.  Also represented are works by their tutors at those universities, Frank McGuinness, Mary Morrissey, Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, Gina Moxley, Darran McCann and Mike McCormack.  

The evening will be introduced by Glenn Patterson.  Readings from Sheila Llewelyn, Claire Simpson (PhD Students) and Darran McCann.

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Reading by Tony Curtis

Thursday, 6 November, at 8pm in the
Old Staff Common Room,
Lanyon Building, Queen’s University Belfast

‘Tony Curtis makes beautiful poems – compassionate, funny, elegiac. He’s a song master, a riddler, a humdinger. He honours Samuel Beckett and his granny with equal gusto. His ‘Black Hills of Rothery’ are as far reaching as the Himalayas and he can see great distances from the peaks of both. But he is also a poker under rocks and a hoker in hedgerows; he finds a universe in a grain of sand. He is unique in contemporary Irish poetry.’ Paula Meehan.

Tony Curtis’s most recent book Pony (Occasional Press, 2013) is filled with beautifully simple, resonant poems. Here is a short one, ‘The Pony’s Stare’: ‘She turns her gaze on the mountains/ Her face all grey like the oncoming rain.’ Tony Curtis is a great reader of his work, once heard never forgotten.

Admission Free

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Miriam Gamble Launch

Book Launch: Pirate Music
Saturday, 25 October at 5.30pm in No Alibis

We are delighted to celebrate, with No Alibis, Miriam Gamble’s new collection.  Miriam graduated with her PhD from the School of English in 2008 and now lectures in Creative Writing in Edinburgh University.

Publishers, Bloodaxe say ‘Miriam Gamble’s second collection takes its title from unlicensed broadcasting. Here, the marginalia of prophecy coexist with and counter voices of authority, voices that are at once eerie and depressingly recognisable. An artist steals back paintings, leaving the money in their wake, and scores a cameo on Crimewatch; a figure from medieval memento mori art finds himself up against a consumer deaf to the language of symbolism; animal anti-heroes spit in the face of well-meaning, or not so well-meaning, human interest.’


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Nuala NĂ­ Dhomhnaill


Poetry Reading
Friday 24 October, at 6pm in the Skainos Centre,
239 Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 1AF
(Time corrected to 6pm)


In association with Poetry Ireland and Belfast Festival at Queen’s
Celebrating Poetry in Irish at the Festival

As an ongoing part of its Writers-in-Schools programme, Poetry Ireland is delighted to offer primary and post-primary schools,  poetry workshops based on an exploration of some Irish language poems in original and translation such as ‘Pangur Bán’ and the ‘Song of Amergin’.

The culmination of these workshops will see participants read their work

alongside Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Ireland’s premier poet writing in Irish. Nuala will be reading some of her best loved poems, and the English translations will be read by Stephen Connolly, Manuela Moser, Nathaniel McAuley and Emma Must, student poets from the Heaney Centre.


£5/ £3 concession

Tickets from the Belfast Festival at Queen’s BoxOffice  028 9097 1197 or website


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Michael Longley Reading

A reading from his new book, The Stairwell

Thursday 9 October, at 8pm in the Great Hall,
Queen’s University Belfast

‘One of the most moving things about Michael Longley’s tenth collection is the way in which he considers death, giving it no special treatment, not dressing it up nor flattering it. It was Wittgenstein who said, “Death is not an event in life.” But Longley would seem to disagree. It’s an ordinary event in his hands, and he goes straight in with the line, “I have been thinking about the music for my funeral.” In this collection, lullabies are for the end of life as well as the beginning.’ KateKellaway, The Observer.

The Stairwell has been shortlisted for the 2014 T.S. Eliot Prize.

Admission Free

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Summer School Events

Summer School Event 1: 
Monday 23 June, 7.30pm in the Old Staff Common Room, Queen's University Belfast

Staff Concert:  As part of the Poetry Summer School and with readings by Ciaran Carson, Leontia Flynn and Sinéad Morrissey.  Music by Ciaran and Deirdre Carson.
Entrance Free and Open to the Public


Summer School Event 2: 
Thursday 26 June, 7.30pm in the Old Staff Common Room, Queen's University Belfast

Seamus Heaney Centre Poetry Prize for First Collection (Supported by Glucksman Ireland House, New York) present the winner for 2014 followed by the Student Concert:  Students from the Poetry Summer School read from their own work.
Entrance Free and Open to the Public

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