This illustrated talk traces the influence of the poet John Hewitt on Seamus Heaney’s work, while considering Heaney's attempt to evade or transform that influence. What emerges is a complex, sometimes fraught encounter between two great poets, and friends. The illustrations shown will draw on the Heaney archives in the National Library Dublin, Ireland, and The Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Born in Armagh City, Conor is an Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Reading University. Having written several essays on Seamus Heaney, his books, The Ends of Ireland, was published in 2012, Samuel Beckett and The Visual Arts, in 2017. The second collection of his poems, English Martyrs, was published in 2019 (Two Rivers Press). He was director of the British Academy-funded Arts project 'Room to Rhyme: Poetry and Crisis’ 1968-98'.
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