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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
27 February
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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03 March
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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09 March
The Book Who Wanted to be Loved

The Book Who Wanted to be Loved

A READING AND WORKSHOP FOR WORLD BOOK DAY With John Bittles and Rebecca Elliott

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15 March
Loco & Restless presents: The Mysterious Case of Kitsy Rainey

Loco & Restless presents: The Mysterious Case of Kitsy Rainey

Written and performed by Mikel Murfi The Mysterious Case of Kitsy Rainey is a new

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16 March
Music from the HomeLand with Lore and The Henry Girls

Music from the HomeLand with Lore and The Henry Girls

Featuring Caitlin Diamond Just in time for St Patrick’s Day, Seamus Heaney HomePlace is

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Malachi O’Doherty & Claire Mitchell in Conversation

Malachi O’Doherty & Claire Mitchell in Conversation

As the world of politics remains in flux, we welcome two authors to discuss

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24 March
Amadan Ensemble presents: Geppetto

Amadan Ensemble presents: Geppetto

Geppetto is the story of a lonely old man, grieving the loss of his wife

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01 April
Be Inspired, Explore and Create

Be Inspired, Explore and Create

Be Inspired, Explore and Create Workshop - Itinerary 10:30 am - Arrival Welcome to

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Dara McAnulty In Conversation

Dara McAnulty In Conversation

With Marie Louise Muir Dara McAnulty is the teenage author of Diary of a Young

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An Evening with Irvine Welsh

An Evening with Irvine Welsh

With Hugh Odling-Smee One of the most blazing talents in contemporary Scottish fiction, Irvine

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13 April
Needle Felt Workshop with Naomi Whan

Needle Felt Workshop with Naomi Whan

Discover the magic of needle felting in a day.Naomi will teach you the basics

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Jan Carson in Conversation

Jan Carson in Conversation

Jan Carson is a writer who is well-known to our Helicon audiences. Her new

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20 April
Ulster Orchestra, On Your Doorstep: Villa Italia!

Ulster Orchestra, On Your Doorstep: Villa Italia!

Join string players from the Ulster Orchestra as we transport you from Bellaghy to

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27 April
Lemn Sissay

Lemn Sissay

‘Lemn Sissay is something of a literary institution…’THE BIG ISSUE If you google the

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27 April
Garden Obelisk Workshop

Garden Obelisk Workshop

Join basket maker and traditional crafts expert Clive Lyttle from Welig Heritage Crafts for

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11 May
John Cooper Clarke

John Cooper Clarke

John Cooper Clarke shot to prominence in the 1970s as the original ‘people’s poet’ and

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05 October
Henry Normal and Nigel Planer

Henry Normal and Nigel Planer

Nigel Planer is a comedy legend, an actor, writer and more importantly for this show he’s a

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Education

Our Creative Zone Blog has engaging arts and craft based activities.

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