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Seamus Heaney Centre

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Since it was opened in 2003 by Seamus Heaney, the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s has been home to some of the world’s foremost poets, writers, and critics. Recognising the significance of Heaney and his stature as a global literary force, the Centre is about to embark on a new and exciting era starting with the opening of a new building on the Queen’s campus in September 2023.

With the enthusiastic support and endorsement of the Heaney family and investment from the University, the Queen’s University of Belfast Foundation has embarked on a campaign to raise philanthropic funds to support:

  • The landmark new home for the Centre
  • A Visiting International ‘Seamus Heaney’ Chair in Creative Writing
  • An outreach programme with educational and community groups.


We aim to create a vibrant and inclusive creative writing hub that embodies the essence and significance of Heaney’s life, work and legacy. We will create a place where esteemed and emerging writers, critics, students and people of all ages and backgrounds can come together to learn, challenge and inspire each other, develop their creativity and talent, and produce great writing in all its forms. In this stimulating and supportive environment people will find their voice as writers, just as Heaney did, at Queen’s.

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To find out more about how you can support the Seamus Heaney Centre, please contact Helen Carrick, Assistant Director (Philanthropy) or +44 (0)7580 970600. Recognition and naming opportunities will be available in the building for gifts of £10,000 and above. Gifts from outside of the UK can be accepted in a tax-efficient way.

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