A-Level Lecture Series

A-Level Lecture Series

Heaney and Frost Lecture Series – Key Stage 5

Our popular Key Stage 5 Heaney and Frost Lecture Series includes an exhibition tour, lecture and seminar. As in previous years, lectures will be delivered by Professor Fran Brearton of Queen’s University or Dr Frank Ferguson of Ulster University. We are also delighted to have Mrs Shelagh O’Brien lecture again this year. Mrs O’Brien was Vice Principal in St Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt where she taught both English and Theatre Studies to A-level.  Mrs O’Brien has worked as an Examiner, Moderator and Visiting Moderator for both English and Theatre Studies with a number of Examination Boards, including CCEA, AQA and Edexcel.

The seminars which follow each lecture are facilitated by PhD students from Queen’s University and Ulster University and explore key themes through comparative readings of poems from the A-level syllabus.  We will run one lecture day (15th March) on the WJEC specification, focusing on Heaney and Owen Sheers. This will include a lecture, seminar and exhibition tour.


Dr Frank Ferguson Professor Fran Brearton Mrs Shelagh O’Brien
Monday 30th January Tuesday 21st February Thursday 9th February
Thursday 2nd FebruaryTuesday 28th FebruaryThursday 9th March
Friday 24th FebruaryTuesday 7th March
Monday 6th MarchMonday 13th March
Wednesday 15thTuesday 14th March
March (WJEC)

Booking Information

Arrival Time

10 am

Departure Time



£10 per pupil (includes exhibition tour)

Your booking will be confirmed when the completed Booking Form has been returned to our Education Officer. Please state if there are any pupils with additional learning needs, access requirements or food allergies.

Pupils should bring writing materials.
There is no charge for school staff.

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Seamus Heaney Home

A great day! The programme was engaging, interactive and very well-paced. Thank you for having us!

Bangor Academy

What a super informative and hands on ‘experience’! Pupils engaged fully- facilitators were fantastic. Thank you!

Loreto and St. Joseph’s, Coleraine

Excellent experience for all pupils. Staff were phenomenal. Very helpful, very easy and well thought through experience

St Patrick’s Keady

An absolutely wonderful day out- the staff, the activities, the exhibition- all superb!

Saintfield High School

Excellent experience! Very personable and professional staff. Outstanding lecture! We will be back

St Patrick College, Banbridge

Lecture was really excellent- wonderfully pitched- students were really impressed

Methodist College

Excellent from start to finish. Keep Going!

Assumption Grammar School

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