The Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s occupies two houses on University Road. Accessible from number 48 University Road, and via House 2 University Square.
The first floor Reading Room acts as a reception, and office for the Centre Coordinator. It also houses the Poetry Library, with space for students to read or hold informal group sessions.
Our ground floor seminar room (for up to 18 people) is used throughout the year for teaching, meetings, writing groups and events. Also on the ground floor, the Postgraduate Study Room and adjoining Computer Room can be used by all postgraduate students.
Our public programme is designed to enhance the student experience, and we use venues across the campus and beyond for readings, talks, and gigs.
The inaugural Bookfinders Chair (and Table) in Creative Writing
After 34 years, Bookfinders recently closed its doors. To honour its legacy, we wanted to provide a space for writers in the way that Mary Denvir and Bookfinders did for decades. Purchasing the iconic yellow table and red chair, we have established the Mary Denvir Chair (and Table) in Creative Writing, to be awarded to a recent graduate. The first is awarded to Caitlin Newby, who recently completed her PhD with us.
Heaney Centre Entrance
We are conveniently located just across the street from the main campus.
Our reading room has an extensive poetry library in a pleasant and well-lit reading area.
With a splendid hammer-beam vaulted roof and warm acoustics, the Harty Room seats 120 people.