Our people make us the preeminent centre for Creative Writing in all its forms on the island of Ireland as well as a globally recognised and celebrated venue for literary events and research.
Professor Glenn Patterson has been the Director of the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen's since 2017. Glenn has written four works of non-fiction including Backstop Land (2019) and The Last Irish Question (2021), and ten novels, most recently Where Are We Now? (2020). With Colin Carberrry, he co-wrote the film Good Vibrations, for which the pair were nominated for Outstanding Debut at the 2014 BAFTA Film awards. He has written plays for Radio 3 and Radio 4, and with composer Neil Martin, he wrote Long Story Short: The Belfast Opera in 2016.
After 34 years, Bookfinders recently closed its doors. To honour its legacy, we wanted to provide a space for writers in the way that Mary Denvir and Bookfinders Cafe did for decades. Purchasing the iconic yellow table and red chair, we have established the Bookfinders Chair (and Table) in Creative Writing, to be awarded to a graduate of the Centre. The first was awarded to Caitlin Newby, with Sheila McWade to take her seat in the Bookfinders Chair the following year.
Hear more from Sheila in her Writers' Rooms interview here...
Our Advisory Board
Cathy Brown (Seamus Heaney HomePlace)
Professor Edna Longley (Professor Emeritus, Queen's University Belfast)
Peter Spratt (Anderson Spratt Group)
Professor Kurt Taroff (School of AEL, Queen’s University Belfast)
Professor Nola Hewitt-Dundas (Queen’s University Belfast)