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 is used throughout the year for teaching, meetings, writing groups and events. Also on the ground floor, the Postgraduate Study 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.
I believe, with Ciaran, that the social unit of the 'small back room' is the heart of any creative activity, and I believe that the 'small-back-room' quality of poetry creates a kind of family of poets. Wayne Miller
When Talking About Poetry Online Goes Very Wrong
Former Fulbright Scholar, Wayne Miller talks about our founding Director Ciaran Carson in this essay, and reminds us of the importance of the conversations and ideas that find a home in the 'small back room'.
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.