THIS weekend’s ‘On Home Ground Poetry Festival’ in Magherafelt has been transformed following the death of Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney.
The organisers have turned the opening night address into a tribute event to celebrate Heaney’s life.
As festival patron, Heaney had been due to give the opening address on Friday.
Taking part in the tribute event is Australian poet Bob Morrow, who arrived in Magherafelt last week ahead of the festival which takes place at Laurel Villa Guesthouse from September 20-22.
Morrow, who lives in Melbourne, has Omagh ancestors and is a retired English teacher.
His poems, exploring themes of family, belonging and sense of place, have been widely published in Australian literary journals.
Morrow who has his own slot in the festival on Saturday, will be reading from Heaney’s work along with other poets including Moyra Donaldson, Frank Ormsby and Maura Johnston.