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Celebrating Seamus Heaney On Home Ground Festival

A poetry festival named by and supported by the late Seamus Heaney poignantly celebrates the life and times of the great poet.

The Festival which was named “On Home Ground” by the poet before his untimely death took place in the stunning setting of Laurel Villa, Magherafelt, and surrounding locations which inspired much of Heaney’s work and this year was called Celebrating Seamus Heaney On Home Ground 2014, in his honour.

The event, running over four days in September in the heart of the late Seamus Heaney’s homeland, celebrated the life, work and legacy of Ireland's most well-known and respected poet through poetry, music and art and will bring a host of huge names from all of these worlds to Magherafelt, the district he called home.

In the 2014 edition, there were readings from some of Ireland’s finest writers and poets, children’s workshops, a poetry picnic, coach tours of ‘Heaney country’ and In Conversations with special guests – including Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody who read Heaney poetry and perform songs, one of which he has dedicated to the late poet, and musicians Neil Martin, Rod McVey and actress Brid Brennan, performed a bespoke session on Heaney. Artist Colin Davidson, whose portrait of Heaney was the last painting Heaney sat for, will be In Conversation with writer Glenn Patterson.

The Verbal Arts Centre aims to establish On Home Ground Festival as a unmissable literary event in Northern Ireland.


Killer Books Festival

Killer Books Festival is a literary festival delivered as part of Derry - Londonderry's Halloween Celebrations. Since 2013, Killer Books have brought in some of the biggest names in crime literature – including world-renowned author Lee Child – as well as a packed weekend of murder mystery and suspense. 

The Festival also brings a wide array of activities and events for all ages packed with crime and mystery. Families enjoyed the Verbal CSI Lab – exploring fingerprinting, experiments and even slime – and took part in a spooky Murder Mystery. Mini sleuths joined the Verbal Detective Agency and fought crime. There was crime film screenings, interactive crime fighting as well as spooky special Reading Rooms to make all the family jump.

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