Seamus Heaney notebooks on display at Queen’s University exhibition

Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet and writer Seamus Heaney inside The Linen Hall Library, Belfast, N.Ireland
Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet and writer Seamus Heaney inside The Linen Hall Library, Belfast, N.Ireland
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A selection of Seamus Heaney’s notebooks from his days as a student and professor at Queen’s are currently on display in the University’s Naughton Gallery as part of a new exhibition.

Rare handwritten drafts of some of the late Nobel Laureate’s poems, and examples of his work on the translation of Beowulf, are also on display, alongside a ‘giant’ handwritten inscription by Belfast’s Poet Laureate, Dr Sinead Morrissey, of a poem from her fifth collection Parallax.

The free exhibition also includes a compelling display of the work of Professor Phil Scraton in relation to his research on the Hillsborough tragedy in which 96 men, women and children lost their lives. As primary author of the Hillsborough Independent Panel, Professor Scraton led a research team at Queen’s which reviewed over one million documents. The Report brought about an unreserved Government apology, new inquests, an unprecedented criminal investigation and reviews of emergency services’ disaster response.

The exhibition tells the story of how Queen’s staff are putting Northern Ireland in the global spotlight and shows the impact Queen’s, as a world-class University, is having on the world around it.

An array of objects, including one of the original portable defibrillators developed by Professor Frank Pantridge, sit alongside striking images of Queen’s researchers from photographers Christopher Heaney, Paul McErlane, Simon Kirwan, Martyn Boyd and Ivan Ewart.

Changing Lives: Our Specialist Subject runs until Friday, 29th November in the Naughton Gallery at Queen’s (closed Mondays). Admission is free and visitors to the exhibition have the opportunity of winning a two night B&B stay in the Hastings Slieve Donard Hotel and Spa Resort, Newcastle, Co. Down.