The On Home Ground festival at Laurel Villa will honour the late, great poet laureate Seamus Heaney one year after his death with a wealth of music, poetry readings, discussions and workshops.
The BBC’s Maire-Louise Muir will guest curate the second On Home Ground literary line-up set to run in assorted venues in Magherafelt September 11-14, close to the poet’s native Bellaghy.
Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody will talk about his love of Heaney’s poetry, while co-founder of the festival Eugene Kielt will lead tours of the surrounding ‘Heaney country’.
Novelists Carlo Gebler and Glenn Patterson, journalists Liam Clarke and Henry McDonald, musician and composer Brian Irvine, and poet Medbh McGuckian will all take part. Celebrity chef Paula McIntyre will cook foods featured in or inspired by Heaney’s lines including sodas on a griddle and grilled perch, Alice McCullough will perform stand-up poetry, Pat Loughrey will discuss Heaney’s broadcasting career and Jean Bleakney will create a poetry trail of plants. The Verbal Arts Centre will host creative writing workshops and Eoin Colfer will be in conversation with children’s author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers.
- On Home Ground, Magherafelt from September 11 – 14. Visit www.onhomegroundfestival.com.