Hard-pressed Brigid: Marie and Catherine Heaney in Conversation

A black and white photograph of Seamus Heaney surrounded by book shelves, from the cover of a collection called 100 Poems

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A discussion of Seamus Heaney’s 100 Poems, the family anthology of his work

Join Marie and Catherine Heaney in conversation with Maureen Kennelly, Director of Poetry Ireland. They talk about 100 Poems, the family's anthology of Heaney’s work and his much loved poem, The Clothes Shrine written for his wife Marie, and which refers to Brigid. Brigid, like the better-known Patrick, is one of Ireland’s patron saints, as well as having roots as a goddess in the mythology of pre-Christian Ireland.

Catherine Heaney grew up in Dublin, and has worked as journalist and editor in Dublin and London, at various magazines, and at the publishing company 4th Estate. From 2011 to 2014, she was head of Faber and Faber’s creative writing school Faber Academy. In 2016, Catherine edited a volume of essays, Trinity Tales: TCD in the Nineteen Nineties, published by Lilliput Press. She is a director of the estate of her father Seamus Heaney, and works with publishers and cultural institutions to preserve and promote her father's work and legacy. Catherine is based in London.

Marie Heaney is a teacher, writer, and editor. She is the author of two books of Irish myths and legends, Over Nine Waves and The Names Upon the Harp, illustrated by P J Lynch. In 2016, Marie edited the best-selling poetry anthology All Through the Night for Poetry Ireland, of which she is patron. She was married to Seamus Heaney.

Maureen Kennelly has served as Director of Poetry Ireland since October 2013.  She was previously the Director of the Kilkenny Arts Festival, the Artistic Director of the Mermaid Arts Centre, and Programme Director with the Cúirt International Festival of Literature. She is a member of the expert advisory committee of Culture Ireland and a board member of the Tyrone Guthrie Centre. A native of Ballylongford, County Kerry, she is a graduate of University College Dublin and the National University of Ireland, Galway. 

Part of the 2020 St Brigid’s Festival, an Embassy of Ireland initiative to celebrate the creativity and talent of women. In partnership with the Embassy of Ireland and Poetry Ireland


Name: Hard-pressed Brigid: Marie and Catherine Heaney in Conversation
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