Seamus Heaney: A Conference and Commemoration 10-13 April 2014 - Registration now open at http://go.qub.ac.uk/heaneyconference
Submissions are invited from poets and publishers for the Poetry Prize for a First Collection 2014. Find the submission form along with Terms and Conditions here.
Sinéad Morrissey, Reader in Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre and Belfast's inaugural Poet Laureate, has been awarded the 2013 T.S. Eliot Prize for her collection Parallax. The most prestigious award in British poetry, Morrissey follows poets such as Derek Walcott, Les Murray, Ted Hughes, Anne Carson, as well as fellow Northern Irish poets Seamus Heaney, Ciaran Carson, Michael Longley and Paul Muldoon, in winning the award for Best Collection.
Chair of the final judging panel, Ian Duhig said: “In a year of brilliantly themed collections, the judges were unanimous in choosing Sinéad Morrissey’s Parallax as the winner [...] Politically, historically and personally ambitious, expressed in beautifully turned language, her book is as many-angled and any-angled as its title suggests."
A mural of Seamus Heaney's last words has appeared in Dubin. As Heaney's son explained at the funeral; "His last few words in a text message he wrote to my mother minutes before he passed away were in his beloved Latin and they read – noli timere." A Dublin artist going by the name Maser painted the translated message on a gable end in Dublin's Richmond Street.
Professor Ciaran Carson, director of the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry and one of Ireland's leading writers, has just been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Ciaran joins other Irish and Northern Irish writers such as Michael Longley, Paul Muldoon, Enda O'Brien, Bernard O'Donoghue, Julia O'Faolain, Roddy Doyle, Anne Enright, among others, as Fellow.
Sheila Llewellyn, a PhD student in Creative Writing at the Heaney Centre, has been shortlisted for this year's Costa Short Story Award. There are only six finalists, out of thousands of entries. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in London later this month. This is Sheila's second shortlisting for the Costa Short Story Award - she was also a finalist last year. Her nomination is further indication of the high standing of creative writing at the School and the Heaney Centre.