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Kabosh will perform North at the Seamus Heaney HomePlace

Kabosh is delighted to present a reading of Seamus Heaney’s collection NORTH

Seamus Heaney HomePlace, Bellaghy on Saturday 28th January 2017 8pm

A new kind of political poetry by the best Irish poet since W.B. Yeats.
(Robert Lowell, Observer)

As well as being a masterful poet, Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney was also an extraordinary teacher. To this end, Kabosh will give voice to interviews with Heaney over the years to guide us through his 4th book of poetry, North.

All the sensuousness of Mr. Heaney’s earlier work, but refined and cut back to the bone.
(Anthony Thwaite, Times Literary Supplement)

Published in 1975 North was recognised by Harvard professor Helen Vendler as one of the crucial poetic interventions of the 20th Century.

In a genuflection to Heaney’s collaboration with piper Liam O’Flynn, Vincent Higgins and Eileen O’Higgins will perform North alongside multi-instrumentalist Dónal O’Connor to a backdrop of images curated by Conleth White.

Paula McFetridge, Artistic Director of Kabosh, says “when asked to stage North we jumped at the opportunity as it is a collection in which the great wordsmith confronted head on the tragedy of the conflict in the north, the depth of sectarianism, the cost of violence. It is emotive on many levels and undoubtedly has resonance for a today’s audiences. This event offers new audiences an opportunity to engage with Heaney’s most controversial collection in the beautiful setting of Seamus Heaney HomePlace, close to the poet’s final resting place.”

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