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Further Stepping Stones: Heaney’s Legacies (in partnership with the Seamus Heaney Centre)

30th August 2023 – 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

£5.00 – £6.50

Performance Area | £6.50 / £5.00 (Members)

Join us at The Linen Hall for a special evening of readings, honouring the esteemed poet Seamus Heaney on the tenth anniversary of his passing. In collaboration with the Seamus Heaney Centre (QUB), this event celebrates Heaney’s profound influence on a new generation of poets.

The evening will feature readings by poets from the Heaney Centre, including Stephen Sexton and Dawn Watson. Take this wonderful opportunity to rediscover Heaney’s timeless poetry and the wonderful work it has helped to inspire.

On the night of the event, we are delighted to offer you an exclusive chance to purchase copies of the In Their Element selection of poems by Seamus Heaney and Derek Mahon. Limited to 50 signed copies, these editions are a real treasure, encapsulating the essence of these two remarkable poets. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to own a piece of literary history. Unsigned copies of this edition will be also available at a different price.


Stephen Sexton
Stephen Sexton lives in Belfast where he teaches at the Seamus Heaney Centre at QUB. His first poetry collection, If All the World and Love Were Young, won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, the E.M. Forster Award, and the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, and was shortlisted for both the Dylan Thomas Prize and the John Pollard Poetry Prize. Sexton’s writing has appeared in PoetryGrantaPoetry LondonPoetry Ireland Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and other major publications. His second collection, Cheryl’s Destinies (2021), was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection.

Dawn Watson
Dawn Watson, a native of Belfast, is a lecturer in creative writing at the prestigious Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen’s University Belfast. In 2022, she successfully completed her PhD in poetry. Dawn’s forthcoming debut poetry collection, titled ‘We Play Here,’ is set to be published by Granta Books in Autumn 2023. She has also published a poetry pamphlet titled ‘The Stack of Owls is Getting Higher’ (2019) through The Emma Press. Dawn’s work has been featured on BBC Radio 4 and has been showcased in esteemed journals such as The Poetry Review and Granta. Additionally, she brings valuable experience as a former national tabloid sub-editor.


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30th August 2023
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
£5.00 – £6.50
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The Linen Hall
+44 (0)28 9032 1707
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The Linen Hall
17 Donegall Square North
Belfast, BT1 5GB United Kingdom
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