Renowned Mexican Poet Visits Seamus Heaney HomePlace

April 25, 2017

A renowned Mexican poet and translator of Seamus Heaney’s work has visited the literary centre in Bellaghy which celebrates the Nobel Laureate’s life and literature.
Pura López-Colomé made a special journey from Dublin to experience the exhibition at Seamus Heaney HomePlace which explores the poet’s deep connections with the place where he was born and grew up.

The exhibition spans two floors, featuring dozens of personal stories, photographs and artefacts – from his school desk to his school satchel - as well as the voice of the poet himself reading his own work.
Moved by Heaney’s work from an early age, López-Colomé first heard him read in person on a visit he made to Mexico in 1981 and in the intervening years they were to become friends.
Her English to Spanish translations include works by Samuel Beckett and Robert Haas and her translations of Heaney’s work began with Station Island and finished with Human Chain, Heaney’s last published collection.
Speaking after her visit, López-Colomé said:
“Being at the HomePlace was a very powerful experience. The selection of emblematic poems, the recordings of his voice and true intention, the actual testimonies, the modern and live way of recreating the almost indescribable experience of creation through his very personal word hoard, all of this brought him back to me. And I think it will do the same for whoever else visits the place. My sincere congratulations”.