I have long found poetry and sharing it with others to be a lifeline in my own existence. So great news receiving an email from World Book Night saying I’d been chosen as a giver of the highly regarded Irish poet Seamus Heaney's New Selected Poems 1966 - 1987
Seamus Heaney is a Nobel Prize for Literature Winner 1995 and TS Eliot Prize Winner 2006 and The Forward Prize Winner in 2010. He was also shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize 2010 for his most recent collection Human Chain, recorded at the TS Eliot Prize Readings at the Southbank Centre this January.
I recently re-encountered Seamus Heaney at an Incandescent meeting – Anahorish, Digging and Night Drive were read by participants and Postscript by myself. It was the first time in twenty years since I had studied his first collection Death of a Naturalist and a few poems from New Selected Poems at University. I remembered his poetry having an earthy, natural and detailed feel. Reading Postscript at Incandescent brought a sense of freedom being immersed in the elements of the coast. Another participant said he loved Postcript so much he had read it at his 50th Birthday celebrations! Sharing Seamus Heaney’s New Selected Poems on World Book Night seems a natural choice.
‘World Book Night represents the most ambitious and far-reaching celebration of adult books and reading ever attempted in the UK and Ireland.
On Saturday 5th March 20011, two days after World Book Day, with the full support of the Publishers Association, the Booksellers Association, the Independent Publishers Guild, the Reading Agency with libraries, World Book Day, the BBC and RTE, one million books will be given away by an army of passionate readers to members of public across the UK and Ireland.
The book give-away will comprise 40,000 copies of each of the 25 carefully selected titles to be given away by 20,000 ‘givers’, who will each distribute 48 copies of their chosen title to whomever they choose on World Book Night. The remaining books will be distributed by World Book Night itself in places that might otherwise be difficult to reach, such as prisons and hospitals.’ *
Incandescent participants and myself will be at Chapter Arts Centre (between the cinema foyer and cafe) in Cardiff, Wales 6pm - 8.30pm Saturday March 5th to give out 48 copies of New Selected Poems by Seamus Heaney. Chapter has kindly agreed to host us. So please come along and enjoy a coffee, drinks or a meal and collect your book. Books will be given on a first come first serve basis.
See you on World Book Night, Saturday 5th March, at Chapter Arts Centre for a night to remember!
* Taken from World Book Night Website
It's a unique session dedicated solely to Seamus Heaney's poetry. So bring your newly acquired copy along with a listening ear and gain a further insight in to this great Irish poets work.
If Seamus Heaney is new to you this is an interesting way to engage with his poetry. If you are already a fan we would love to share your enthusiasm. It’s a relaxed space, where you can meet others and enjoy stimulating discussion.