‘Leaf’ A Mark As Seamus Heaney HomePlace Celebrates First Anniversary September 15, 2017 Visitors to Seamus Heaney HomePlace are being invited to ‘leaf’ a mark as part of a collaborative art work to celebrate the literary centre’s first anniversary. Across the weekend of Saturday 30 September and Sunday 1 October, visitors to the exhibition can create a personalised leaf to hang on the 12 branches of a tree, signifying the end of a year which each month celebrated one of Seamus Heaney’s 12 volumes of work. Paper, the material traditionally associated with a first anniversary, will be in abundance at HomePlace, with a raft of paper-based arts activities on offer for children, who will all have free entry to the exhibition over the weekend. And in keeping with the autumnal feel, a new and original manuscript, showing how Seamus Heaney’s poem ‘The Harvest Bow’ developed, will be unveiled for the first time in the recreation of the poet’s attic study. There will also be the opportunity to make your own harvest bow. Four new ‘story boards’ will also be exhibited, detailing in words and images the highlights of HomePlace’s first year, from 29 September 2016 when family, friends, leading cultural figures and politicians gathered for the official opening, through the dozens of celebrated writers, actors and musicians who have performed there, ending on 1 October 2017 and the anniversary talk to be delivered by Seamus Heaney’s long-time friend, Peter Fallon. Manager of Seamus Heaney HomePlace, Brian McCormick said: “Given that paper is a key tool for any writer, it’s very appropriate that we’re marking our first year and the talent of one of greatest writers by asking our visitors to collaborate on new paper-based art works. “I’m looking forward to seeing and displaying the results in HomePlace”. Children have free entry to the exhibition on Saturday 30 September and Sunday 1 October when accompanied by at least one adult and all the creative arts activities are free. To find out more, call 028 7938 7444 or book online by clicking here.