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


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