Seamus Heaney Home

‘Nostalgia in the Afternoon’ – From Gorgon to the New Yorker – Exhibition

Seamus Heaney HomePlace is excited to
announce an exclusive collection of Seamus Heaney archived materials curated
over more than four decades by Mr Pat Brennan. This bespoke exhibition, titled ‘Nostalgia
in the Afternoon’ –
From Gorgon to
the New Yorker
, is a presentation of a range of magazines that Seamus
Heaney contributed to from the earliest stages of his writing career, dating
back to 1959.

From his days as a student at Queen’s
University Belfast, Seamus Heaney contributed to a wide range of magazines and
periodicals. This area of publishing was of the upmost importance in Heaney’s
development as a writer and helped him to find his poetic voice while expanding
an audience and readership.

This exhibition brings together these rare
publications in a one-off showing, allowing visitors to see them displayed as a
collective for the very first time. Each magazine featured within this exceptional
exhibition is part of Bellaghy man Pat Brennan’s much loved and impressive collection
of Seamus Heaney-related archived materials.

exclusive exhibition has been curated by Pat Brennan himself, in conjunction
with Seamus Heaney HomePlace. Pat and his family have been friends of the wider
Heaney family for many years. In 1998, Seamus Heaney asked Pat to assist with
his Bibliography, being compiled by Dr. Rand Brandes, and he worked on this book,
Seamus Heaney A Bibliography 1959-2003,
for a number of years