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Autumn Arts Programme 2021

The Arts Programme is back! Seamus Heaney HomePlace is delighted to turn the bright lights of The Helicon back on after being closed from March 2020 due to the Covid19 pandemic.

Running from September to December, the Arts Programme is bursting with musicians, poets, authors, and artists … these events were definitely worth the wait.

Council Chair, Councillor Paul McLean, has welcomed the re-opening of performance venues, as Seamus Heaney HomePlace reveals the first event in its new autumn programme: “There’s no substitute for the experience of being physically present in a performance space and with the quality of the programme in place, I have no doubt this will be a sell-out season for HomePlace.”

The first event in this new programme is the premiere of composer Greg Caffrey’s new song cycle based on poems from Heaney’s iconic collection, Death of a Naturalist. This new work was commissioned by the Bank of Ireland Begin Together Arts Fund and with additional support from HomePlace and will be a truly exciting start to an exceptional programme of events.

Falling in to the autumn, the HomePlace stage will welcome some of the most respected poets and authors around. A poetry reading with Matthew Rice, Victoria Kennefick and Gail McConnell will warm up any autumn chills, much-loved author and LGBT activist Armistead Maupin will be joining us as he recounts his favourite tales from the past 4 decades, offering his own engaging observations on society and the world we inhabit and discussing the importance of home in his work and his life.

Receiving its official launch in The Helicon, As If I Cared is the new book from poet Damian Gorman.  This long-awaited publication has already enjoyed a limited release and has been praised as “beautiful”, “vital” and “hugely entertaining”. Renowned for his live poetry readings, Damian brings his hybrid of selected poems and memoir to HomePlace with immense pride and we are delighted to welcome him.

In November you will have the rare opportunity to see Cormac Breatnach and Steve Cooney perform together despite having collaborated with each other in many musical events over three decades, poet and writer Gerald Dawe and academic Sinead Moynighan celebrate the life and work of one of Northern Ireland’s greatest yet underrated novelists, Brian Moore and North-West writers Susan McKay, Darran Anderson and Michelle Gallen will discuss their work and the nature of literature in Northern Ireland today.

The festive season just wouldn’t be the same at HomePlace without our favourite Christmas entertainment and we are delighted to welcome back Anthony Toner and friends for Christmas at the HomePlace hearth.

Tickets are available here or at the box office: 02879387444.

Customer safety and the safety of our staff is extremely important to HomePlace – please click here full Covid19 event safety details.