New Documentary to Screen Honouring Irish Poet Seamus Heaney

The Irish Film Institute (IFI) will screen new documentary Seamus Heaney and the Music of What Happens on Monday, December 2 at 18.30.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Adam Low and Seamus Heaney’s wife Marie and daughter Catherine. The conversation will be hosted by Professor Margaret Kelleher of University College Dublin.

Six years after his unexpected death, the film centres around Seamus Heaney’s wife Marie and their three children talking intimately about their family life and reading the poems he wrote for them. His surviving brothers remember their childhood too and the shared experiences that inspired many of his finest works.

Heaney’s unique gifts as a poet and his personal response to the complexity and violence of the Troubles in Northern Ireland are discussed in the film by poets Paul Muldoon and Michael Longley. Meanwhile, his students in Harvard, Tracy K Smith (US Poet Laureate), and Kevin Young (poetry editor of The New Yorker) consider the worldwide resonances of his work.

The IFI say the film “conjures the people and landscapes of Heaney’s childhood through a bounty of film and audio archives featuring Heaney’s own voice and his powerful, inimitable poetry.”

Tickets for Seamus Heaney and the Music of What Happens are on sale now. Follow this link to purchase them.

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