The Heaney Community
The Seamus Heaney Centre is part of the wider Heaney network of concerned with the importance and universal relevance of the poet and his work. This network includes Heaney’s publisher, Faber & Faber, The Seamus Heaney Homeplace, The National Library of Ireland and The Heaney Estate.
The National Library of Ireland
The National Library of Ireland holds extensive archives of Heaney documents, including Heaney’s original manuscripts as well as letters, unpublished works, diary entries, photographs, note books, and multi-media recordings.
Seamus Heaney HomePlace
Seamus Heaney HomePlace is an award-winning arts and literary centre dedicated to the life and work of Seamus Heaney, located in the poet's home village of Bellaghy, Co Derry.
Faber and Faber
During Heaney’s lifetime, he was the recipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature, closely associated with his life-long publisher, Faber and Faber. His work has been translated into 27 languages. Heaney’s The Spirit Level (1996) and Beowulf (1999), won the Whitbread Book of the Year. Human Chain (2010), his last volume of poems, was awarded the 2010 Forward Prize for Best Collection.
The Estate of Seamus Heaney
Heaney’s popularity continues to grow and the Estate of Seamus Heaney was set up by his family to preserve and promote his work where readers can engage with his poetry, prose, drama and translation.
Seamus Heaney received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995 and his first volume of work Death of a Naturalist (1966) is among his best-known works and is recognised as one of the principal contributors to poetry during his lifetime.
After attending Queen's University studying English Language and Literature, Heaney began to publish poetry.
"I didn't have any sense of election or purpose or ambition. My pseudonym at Queen's, in the magazines where I published, was Incertus — Latin for uncertain —I was just kicking the ball around the penalty area, not trying to shoot at the goal. Then in 1962 the current began to flow…” Seamus Heaney
Studying English Language and Literature at Queen's