New Exhibition to showcase Seamus Heaney's Writers' Retreat

February 06, 2017

A unique exhibition which brings together the two centres of Seamus Heaney’s imaginative writing – Bellaghy in Co. Derry and Glanmore in Co. Wicklow – will take place at Seamus Heaney HomePlace from 10 February to 31 March 2017. 

Entitled ‘The Hedge School of Glanmore’, the exhibition will feature manuscripts and typescripts of poems written in the Co. Wicklow cottage which Heaney and his family first moved to in 1972.  The location was the inspiration for some of Heaney’s most significant work, including the well-known ‘Glanmore Sonnets’. 

A specially curated collection of rare Heaney exhibits will reveal his writing process from first draft to final printing and will include first editions and signed limited editions as well as broadside poems, contemporary reviews and artefacts from the Seamus Heaney Literary Papers in the National Library of Ireland.

Commenting on the exhibition, curator and collector of Heaney books for over 40 years, John Dunne says:

“The environment and landscape were key inspirations for Seamus Heaney and we are delighted to be bringing this new exhibition to Seamus Heaney HomePlace, a centre of celebration of the Nobel Laureate, to offer a unique insight into Glanmore Cottage, the beloved writing retreat where he produced some of his most famous and imaginative work.”

To coincide with the exhibition, a panel discussion on the importance of the cottage, and of Glanmore itself, to Seamus Heaney’s writing with curator John Dunne, Pat Brennan and academic Michael Kinsella will take place on Seamus Heaney HomePlace on Saturday 11 February at 11am – tickets are £5.

For further information on ‘The Hedge School of Glanmore’ exhibition and to book tickets for the panel discussion on Saturday 11 February, please visit