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Exhibition: The Hedge School of Glanmore

Start Date: 10 February 2017

End Date: 31 March 2017

Time: During opening hours

Venue: Seamus Heaney HomePlace

Address: 45 Main Street, Bellaghy

Admission: FREE

Telephone: 028 7938 7444

Website: www.seamusheaneyhome.com

In 1972 Seamus Heaney and his family moved from Belfast to a small cottage in Glanmore, Co. Wicklow. The move was designed to enable him to write full time and over the next four years he wrote some of his most significant work, including the well-known ‘Glanmore Sonnets’.

‘Glanmore truly was what I called it,’ Heaney recalled, ‘a “hedge school” in the literal sense. I gathered blackberries off the briars and ate them, as if I were back on the road to school. I even found a blackbird nest in the hedge at our gable.’

In 1976 the family moved to Dublin but, twelve years later, the opportunity arose to purchase the cottage and it became a retreat for writing and rest. The Redress of Poetry and the ‘Glanmore Revisited’ sequence in Seeing Things were written there, and the house provided space and inspiration for other poems.

This exhibition, curated by John Dunne, features manuscripts and typescripts of poems written in the cottage, revealing Heaney’s writing process from first draft to final printing. Also on display are a range of rare publications, from first editions and signed limited editions to broadside poems and contemporary reviews.

The exhibition runs from Friday, 10 February to Friday 31 March.