Our brand new digital archive and book collection opened in May 2021 after a substantial renovation.
Previously displaying a collection of books which were loaned and donated to HomePlace by the Heaney family, the library now also houses a handpicked selection of more than 800 titles, ranging from books by friends and contemporaries of Seamus Heaney to those authors the poet himself enjoyed reading, including Spike Milligan and Bob Dylan.
As well as providing comfortable seating and individual writing desks for browsing, reading and study, the library now also has a Seamus Heaney digital archive, bringing together for the first-time radio and television broadcasts presented by, or featuring, the poet.
Uniquely, the archive also features an audio recording of an interview with Seamus Heaney that a former student has kept for more than 40 years.
Visitors can also access a selection of the online performances which HomePlace staged during the pandemic, including the ‘Keeping Going’ series and the special event to mark the 25th anniversary of the Nobel Prize in Literature last December ‘A Nobel Celebration- ‘more spacewalk than stepping stone’.