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'I had my existence. I was there.
Me in place and the place in me.'

Seamus Heaney, A Herbal

Life
Discover how Seamus Heaney’s formative years in the Bellaghy area shaped his life and were a source of inspiration throughout his career. Our exhibition is packed with poetry, photographs and stories that take you to the heart of Heaney’s life and work.

Literature
Browse our library, where you will see on display hundreds of books donated by the Heaney family from Seamus Heaney’s own collection, or immerse yourself in our exploration of the poet’s words, rhythm and rhyme.

Inspiration
Savour a piece of theatre, music or poetry in our performance space, The Helicon, or get hands on with a range of engaging arts and crafts activities that will soon get the creativity flowing for kids and adults alike. Be inspired by your visit.

Upcoming Events

Seamus Heaney Home
Seamus Heaney Home
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One Day Experience

One Day Experience

Visit Seamus Heaney HomePlace and be welcomed at our Café with a morning tea

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Seamus Heaney Exhibition

Seamus Heaney Exhibition

Immerse yourself in the extraordinary world of Seamus Heaney, and explore through his words and

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29 January
Starting Your Crime Fiction Novel

Starting Your Crime Fiction Novel

With James Murphy Ever wanted to write the perfect whodunnit? Come along to this

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06 February
The HomePlace Book Club

The HomePlace Book Club

  With Carol O’Doherty and Patricia Broderick   A story is always better if

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10 February
Steel Chest, Nail in the Boot and the Barking Dog: with Neil Martin & Damian Gorman

Steel Chest, Nail in the Boot and the Barking Dog: with Neil Martin & Damian Gorman

Film Screening: With Damian Gorman and Neil Martin In conversation with Aislinn Clarke HomePlace

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12 February
An Afternoon with Michael Longley

An Afternoon with Michael Longley

Michael Longley, a close friend and contemporary of Seamus Heaney, was the first poet

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Hearth Language: From Aftergrass to Yellow Boots

Hearth Language: From Aftergrass to Yellow Boots

Maura Johnston in conversation with Bernie McGill ‘bedding the locale in the utterance, reed

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17 February
Three Words for Light

Three Words for Light

With Anselm McDonnell and Martin Johnson This programme is centred on a new work

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Kerri Ní Dochartaigh and Manchán Magan in Conversation

Kerri Ní Dochartaigh and Manchán Magan in Conversation

In conversation with Myra Zepf Language, nature and origins are at the heart of

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Farming in Contemporary Irish Literature & the Poetry of Seamus Heaney

Farming in Contemporary Irish Literature & the Poetry of Seamus Heaney

‘and sky and ground are running naturally among his arms that grope the cropping

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26 February
A Laureate Reading with Simon Armitage

A Laureate Reading with Simon Armitage

‘A poet whose work is ambitious, accomplished and complex as well as popular.’ Sunday Telegraph

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26 February
Silver Linked Bracelet-Making

Silver Linked Bracelet-Making

With Diane Lyness Make a unique silver linked bracelet under the guidance of goldsmith

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05 March
A Wintering Out Celebration with Simon Callow and Charles Owen

A Wintering Out Celebration with Simon Callow and Charles Owen

'a bite and a sup,we hug our little destinies again''For Michael Longley and David

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18 March
Caoilinn Hughes and Conor O’Callaghan in Conversation

Caoilinn Hughes and Conor O’Callaghan in Conversation

In conversation with Emma Warnock Conor O’Callaghan and Caoilinn Hughes are two of Ireland’s

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19 March
Eleanor McEvoy in Concert

Eleanor McEvoy in Concert

Eleanor McEvoy achieved star status in Ireland in 1992 when her song ‘A Woman's

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26 March
Lucy Caldwell and Jan Carson in Conversation

Lucy Caldwell and Jan Carson in Conversation

In conversation with Hugh Odling-Smee HomePlace is delighted to welcome two of Northern Ireland’s

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A Not-So-Horrid Afternoon with Francesca Simon!

A Not-So-Horrid Afternoon with Francesca Simon!

In conversation with Myra Zepf While reading stories to her son, Francesca Simon was

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Andrew O’Hagan In Conversation

Andrew O’Hagan In Conversation

In conversation with John Self ‘Mayflies is one of those novels to press into the

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31 March
Stockton’s Wing in Concert

Stockton’s Wing in Concert

Since their inception in 1977, Stockton’s Wing have always been a band who defied

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02 April
Woven Willow Hare Making

Woven Willow Hare Making

With Clive Lyttle of Welig Crafts ‘The man the hare has met will never

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Hiraeth: Yearning for Home? With Michael Smiley and Miranda Sawyer

Hiraeth: Yearning for Home? With Michael Smiley and Miranda Sawyer

Hiraeth: (n) a homesickness for a home to which you cannot return, a home

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08 April
Man of Aran: Film Screening with Live Soundtrack

Man of Aran: Film Screening with Live Soundtrack

FILM SCREENING WITH LIVE SOUNDTRACK performed by Síle Denvir, Úna Monaghan & Ceri Owen

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19 April
Creative Writing for Young Adults (14-18 years old)

Creative Writing for Young Adults (14-18 years old)

Are you an avid reader, and keen to develop your writing? This creative writing

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20 April
Armistead Maupin in Conversation

Armistead Maupin in Conversation

With Rick O'SheaPLEASE NOTE: IN A CHANGE TO THE PRINTED PROGRAMME, THIS EVENT WILL

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23 April
Patrick Kielty: Borderline

Patrick Kielty: Borderline

‘Kielty is fabulous’, The Times Borderline is a brand new show from County Down's

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Jeanette Winterson in Conversation

Jeanette Winterson in Conversation

With Gail McConnell One of the most original voices in British fiction to emerge

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