Heaney family to open new Homeplace literary centre in Bellaghy next month

Family members of the late poet and Nobel Laureate, Seamus Heaney who attended the pre opening event  of the new Seamus Heaney Homeplace in Bellaghy on Monday afternoon of this week.INMM2016-363
Family members of the late poet and Nobel Laureate, Seamus Heaney who attended the pre opening event of the new Seamus Heaney Homeplace in Bellaghy on Monday afternoon of this week.INMM2016-363

The family of Seamus Heaney will perform the official opening of the new arts and literary centre dedicated to the life and literature of the late poet and Nobel Laureate.

The family will open Seamus Heaney HomePlace in Bellaghy at a special event on September 29 in the presence of 200 guests.

The following morning, Friday September 30, HomePlace, which is being developed by Mid Ulster District Council, will welcome its first visitors to experience the exhibition.

Arranged over two floors and filled with personal stories, artefacts, dozens of family photographs, video recordings from friends, neighbours, world leaders and cultural figures, the exhibition features the voice of the poet himself reading his own words and uses the latest touch screen, video and audio technology.

It also includes a recreation of the poet’s Dublin study. The building is home to a library, education and learning spaces

Mid Ulster District Council Chair Councillor Trevor Wilson said it was appropriate that the people closest to the poet in life should open the literary centre.