Louis MacNeice Conference & Celebration Programme


Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry and School of English

Queen's University, Belfast

12-15 September 2007


Wednesday 12 September 2007


Plenary Talks

John Stallworthy: Louis in Love

Jonathan Allison: "Ink is a God-damned frigid medium, isn't it?": Reading Louis MacNeice's letters


First BBC Louis MacNeice Memorial Lecture

Peter McDonald: The Pity of it All


Launch of exhibition on MacNeice and the BBC

'Castles in the Air'

QUB Visitor's Centre


Poetry Reading

Paul Farley, Sinead Morrissey, Don Paterson, Paul Muldoon


Buffet Reception

Arts Council of Northern Ireland, MacNeice House, 77 Malone Road



Thursday 13 September


Plenary Talks

Terence Brown: Weaving his Journey: MacNeice & Travel

Clair Wills: Post-war MacNeice


Parallel Sessions

Irish Patrimonies

Other Countries

Precursors

MacNeice and Documentary Film 1


Plenary Talk

Paul Muldoon: The Perning Birch: Yeats, Frost, MacNeice


Poet's Panel

Derek Mahon, Sinead Morrissey, Don Paterson

Chair: Patrick Crotty


Book Launch

That Island Never Found: Essays and Poems for Terence Brown

eds Nicholas Allen & Eve Patten


Poetry Reading

Paul Farley, Nick Laird, Simon Armitage


Buffet Reception

British-Irish Secretariat, Windsor House



Friday 14 September


Plenary Talks

Valentine Cunningham: Richard Murphy

Neil Corcoran: MacNeice and Thirties Classical Pastoralism


Parallel Sessions

The Same Again?: Repetition and Refrain in MacNeice

Modernism & Mobility

Autumn Journal

Reputation & Reception II

MacNeice & Documentary Film

MacNeice & Other Arts

Art and Politics

Changing Aesthetics


Faber Book Launch

Launch of reprint of The Strings are False, with new introduction by Derek Mahon


Poetry Reading

Contemporaries & Successors, Thomas McCarthy, Medbh McGuckian, Michael Longley


Conference Dinner

Great Hall, Queen's University Belfast



Saturday 15 September


Visit to Christ Church, Carrowdore

Readings at the grave of Louis MacNeice


Official Opening

MacNeice Centenary Exhibition, Carrickfergus Museum

opened by the Mayor of Carrickfergus


Civic Dinner

'A Centenary Celebration to honour the poets Louis MacNeice and John Hewitt'

Belfast City Hall