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Seamus Heaney: Journey of The Soul: Manchester Lit Fest 2010

Whitworth Hall, Manchester 25th October 2010 6.30pm (for a full list of his poems recited at this event please see a couple of posts below this one)

For over forty years Seamus Heaney has dug deep with his pen into the psyche of Ulster, exploring cultural identities and Ireland’s troubled past. He has been awarded numerous accolades over the years and added another to his collection earlier this month when his twelfth volume of poetry, Human Chain, was awarded the Forward Prize for best collection. The prestige surrounding a poet of Heaney’s stature was echoed by that of Whitworth Hall itself, and with its neo-Gothic architecture, swooping chandeliers and wood panelling, it’s difficult to think of a venue in Manchester more befitting a former Nobel Laureate.

As he stood at his lectern wearing a sombre charcoal suit, Heaney’s white hair contrasted sharply against an imposing backdrop of grey organ pipes. A lone spotlight shone directly onto his books and it looked almost as though what he was reading from had turned into gold. In his own words, Heaney was about to take his audience on a ‘journey of the soul’ which would recount old and new poems along the way, with his father emerging as a central figure on that journey. Continue reading


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Seamus Heaney – Manchester Literature Festival 2010 – The Poems

The following is a list of the 20 poems recited by Seamus Heaney on 25th October 2010 at Whitworth Hall, Manchester. The list is in order of recitation and The Poplar Tree will be posting a review of the performance at some point tomorrow. Another Poplar Tree review will also be appearing on the Manchester Literature Festival’s blog sometime soon. In the meantime, you can also read The Poplar Tree’s review of his latest collection, Human Chain by scrolling down the blog a bit to the post after Robin Ince’s Bad Book Club.

  1. ‘Had I not been awake’
  2. Personal Helicon
  3. Mossbawn: Sunlight
  4. A Sofa in the Forties
  5. A Constable Calls Continue reading

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Robin Ince’s Bad Book Club: Manchester Reading List

The Poplar Tree attended Robin Ince’s latest comedy show at the Queen of Hearts in Fallowfield, Greater Manchester yesterday and has reviewed the evening for the official Manchester Literature Festival blog. Once it goes ‘live’ on their site it’ll be posted up on here. In the meantime, click below on ‘keep reading’ to view some hilarious quotes from the night and the near-complete reading list of the crazy titles which Robin referred to, and quoted from throughout his show: Continue reading

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The Manchester Literature Festival unveils its 2010 lineup…

You might have noticed some lyrical and mysterious posters appearing on inconspicuous walls around Manchester – The Poplar Tree has spotted a few in the Northern Quarter – it can now be revealed what they refer to (as if you haven’t already guessed by the above)…The Manchester Literature Festival (MLF) has unveiled its 2010 lineup and it’s bolder and bigger than ever before. Staged between the 14th – 25th October, the MLF promises to showcase unknown and established authors during events such as the Bugged Blog launch, to the ‘World of Moomin’ read by Sophia Jansson. And judging from its stylish new brochure, this year’s festival has something for everyone, young and old, poetry lovers or bookworms alike. Continue reading

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