The SHC Podcast reveals some of what goes on in the Heaney Centre's unassuming houses on University Road, Belfast. Each episode features interviews, readings and performances from some of our writers, staff, students, visiting Fellows, alumni and friends.
It is produced in a back room by Ian Sansom, Stephen Sexton, and Rachel Brown. With production and sound design from Chantal Ailsby, and original music by Nicholas Boyle.
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The Pilot Season
The pilot season began in February 2019 with Episode 1: St Valentine's Day. Closely followed by Episode 2: St Patrick's Day, Episode 3: May Day, and Episode 4: Summer Solstice.
It featured short interviews with poetry, prose and drama writers, interspersed with new poems by our students. Every episode begins with a rumination on the theme by Stephen Sexton.
Conversations with: Ciaran Carson, Glenn Patterson, Leontia Flynn and Tim Loane (Episode 1), Manuela Moser, Gail McConnell and Jimmy McAleavey (Episode 2), Myra Zepf (Episode 3), and Aislinn Clarke (Episode 4).
Poems by: Caitlin Newby, Manuela Moser, Padraig Regan, Dawn Watson, and Marcella Prince.
Episode 1: Saint Valentine's Day
In this amatory episode Ian Sansom talks love songs with Glenn Patterson, Shakespeare's Sonnets with Leontia Flynn, and black masses with Tim Loane. Caitlin Newby reads some love poems, and Ciaran Carson sings a song for a blue-eyed lassie. Produced in a back room by Stephen Sexton, Ian Sansom, Rachel Brown, and Conor McCafferty. With music by Nicholas Boyle.
Special Episodes and Showcases
Special episodes appear with longer interviews or masterclasses with our visiting Fellows, or as showcases for new prose and drama by students on the MA in Creative Writing.
Special episodes have featured SHC Fellows: Lisa McGee and Iain Archer (Episode 5), Lucy Caldwell (Episode 6), Jed Mercurio (Episode 7).
Showcase episodes have featured a complete radio play, short excerpts of prose and drama, and a poetry showcase for students on the first online Poetry Summer School.
Page to Stage - Mayonnaise Like This
Mayonnaise Like This, by Mahon McCann was written, produced, edited, and directed as part of Queen's University Belfast's MA in Creative Writing, Page to Stage module. The module is taught by Tim Loane.