A Magherafelt poetry festival which was due to have an opening night address by Seamus Heaney is instead planning a tribute night to the Nobel laureate.
The On Home Ground Poetry Festival is planning a three-day event at Laurel Villa Guesthouse from September 20-22.
It had planned to feature an opening night address from festival patron Mr Heaney, who died last week, entitled ‘Important Places: A Reading With Commentary’.
Organisers have now decided that their long-time friend should be remembered accordingly and have brought together a host of poets including Joan Newmann, Frank Ormsby, Iggy McGovern, Moyra Donaldson, Maura Johnston, Kate Newmann and Martin Mooney to pay tribute to the literary stalwart in an event celebrating some of his great works.
Other leading poets are set to confirm their participation in the coming days.
The Magherafelt guesthouse will be transformed into a haven of poetry, art and culture over the three days as some of the UK’s finest performers gather under one roof.
Key events throughout the weekend include readings from poets Michael Longley and Sinead Morrissey.
For more details visit www.laurel-villa.com or call 028 796 31510.