Taking Off From Here: Young Northern Irish Poets

  • Thursday 26 April, 7.30pm
  • Seamus Heaney HomePlace, 45 Main Street, Bellaghy, BT45 8HT
  • Tickets: £6
  • www.seamusheaneyhome.com

With Stephen Connelly, Susie Dickie, Stephen Sexton & Manuela Moser. Presented by Damian Smyth.

“The main thing is to write

for the joy of it. Cultivate a work-lust
that imagines its haven like your hands at night
dreaming the sun in the sunspot of a breast.
You are fasted now, light-headed, dangerous.
Take off from here.” - Seamus Heaney, ‘Station Island’

Seamus Heaney was always a keen supporter and champion of new and emerging poets and in this special event we are delighted to welcome four of the brightest new poetic voices currently working in Northern Ireland.

Stephen Connolly, Manuela Moser, Susie Dickey and Stephen Sexton are all at the forefront of a thriving and energetic poetic community. Stephen Connolly is the editor of The Future Always Makes Me So Thirsty: New Poets from the North of Ireland and is, along with Manuela Moser, the founder of The Lifeboat which provides a live and publishing platform for new and emerging poets. Acclaimed poet Stephen Sexton was the recent winner of the Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition for The Curlew and Susie Dickey has recently taken part in the Poetry Ireland Introductions Programme.

It is an exciting and energising time for poets from Northern Ireland who are looking to the future and taking off from here.

Supported by Poetry Ireland. 

Event Partners

  • Poetry Day Ireland