Seamus Heaney’s Aeneid

Seamus Heaney

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A very special event to mark publication of Seamus Heaney's Aeneid Book VI, the poet's final work

The sixth book of Virgil's Aeneid, in which Aeneas travels into the underworld to meet the spirit of his father, is a story that captivated Seamus Heaney from his schooldays. But the work took on a special significance for him after the death of his own father, becoming a touchstone to which he would return as an adult. He began translating significant passages in the 1980s, and was finalising the work right up to the summer of his death.

Join poets Simon Armitage, Matthew Hollis, Tom Paulin and Jo Shapcott who will introduce and read  extracts.

Seamus Heaney (1939-2013) was born in County Derry in Northern Ireland. Death of a Naturalist, his first collection of poems, appeared in 1966 and since then he has published poetry, criticism and translations – including Beowulf (1999) – which have established him as one of the leading poets now at work. In 1995, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. District and Circle was awarded the T S Eliot Prize in 2006. Stepping Stones, a book of interviews conducted by Dennis O'Driscoll appeared in 2008. In 2009, he received the David Cohen Prize for Literature. Human Chain was awarded the 2010 Forward Prize for Best Collection.

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Name: Seamus Heaney’s Aeneid
Where: Conference Centre
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Price: Full Price: £12.00
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