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Thursday 10 April

11.00am-1.00pm Arrival/Registration Lunch from 12 noon Opening of Conference Professor Patrick Johnson, Vice Chancellor, Queens University Belfast, Martin McGuinness, Deputy First Minister, Professor Ciaran Carson, Director, Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Plenary Lecture Neil Corcoran - The Melt of the Real Thing Tea/Coffee Break Panel 1 - Heaney and Lyricism Chair: Geraldine Higgins Nicholas Allen - Slow Erosions: Seamus Heaney, History and Water Catriona Clutterbuck - Being 'pilot and stray in one': Sustaining Nothingness in the Travel Poems of Early Heaney Brendan Corcoran - Seamus Heaney's Cured Wound Panel 2 - Heaney and America Chair: Stephen Enniss Don Bogen - Loosening Gravity: Seamus Heaney's California of the Mind LeeAnn Derdeyn - Opened Ground: Ireland and America. The Rural roost of Seamus Heaney and Christian Wiman Philip McGowan - Heaney's Dream Song PFC Foyer

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Panel 3 - Heaney, Hughes and Plath Chair: Fran Brearton Gillian Groszewski - The Politics of Friendship; Ted Hughes and Seamus Heaney Maeve O'Brien - I lie waiting: Unearthing trauma and influence, Seamus Heaney and Sylvia Plath Danny O'Connor - A different kind of animal: Ted Hughes, Seamus Heaney and Nature's Trauma Panel 4 - Exile Chair: Moyra Haslett Dawn Sherratt-Bado - Make these islands fresh': The 'Language of Exile' in Seamus Heaney's Sweeney Astray and Derek Walcott's The Schooner Flight Viviane Carvalho da Annunciaco - Seamus Heaney's Station Island: the Polyphonic Poetics of Exile Anna Pilz - Bird/man/poet: Sweeney in the Woods 6.00pm 8.00pm Welcome Reception and Buffet Public Poetry Reading (ticket included in registration fee): Carol Ann Duffy, Paula Meehan, Peter McDonald and Don Paterson. Introduced by Sinad Morrissey (Further tickets available from Ulster Hall http://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-34038.aspx.)

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Great Hall Ulster Hall

Friday 11 April
9.30-11.00am Plenary Lecture Jahan Ramazani - Seamus Heaney's Globe Tea/Coffee Break Panel 5 - Elegy Chair: John Wilson Foster Sammye C Greer - The Sharping Stone and an Elegiac Consolation for our Time Faye McDermott - Elegiac Forms: Clearances, Seeing Things and The Strand at Lough Beg Michelle Miles Step the fleshy earth and follow: Seamus Heaney, Translation and the Pilgrim's Arc Panel 6 - Last Things Chair: Rui Carvalho Homem Barry Sloan - Last Things in the Poetry of Seamus Heaney Charlene Small - Where all is woven into// And of itself: Reading Human Chain as a final collection Rose Atfield - ..a solid man/A pillar to himself and to his trade Heaney and the Father archetype Panel 7 - The Place of the Other Chair: Margaret Mills Harper Adam Hanna - Seamus Heaney's Uncertainty at the Threshold Joanna Jarzab - The ontological sense of place in Seamus Heaney's essays Connal Parr - Definitively Other: Seamus Heaney and Ulster Protestantism 1.00-2.00pm 2.00-3.30pm Lunch Plenary Lecture Angela Leighton - Heaney and the Music Tea/Coffee Break PFC/02/017 PFC/02/25 PFC/0G/007

11.00-11.30am 11.30am-1.00pm

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3.30-4.00pm

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4.00-5.30pm

Panel 8 - The Politics and Poetics of Reconciliation Chair: Donald Bogen Ciaran O'Neill - Finding stepping stones? Heaney, poetry and politics Kevin Cantwell - Anagram in Heaney's "The Early Purges":Sense, Sentiment, and Subversion in the Political Lyric Ruth Macklin -The 'place of writing': Redress as Spatial Metaphor Panel 9 - Scotland Chair: Tom Herron Anne Baden-Daintree - An Intimate Intrusion: Heaney Translating Henryson Patrick Crotty - Heaney and Scotland Panel 10 - Heaney as Teacher Chair: Stephen Regan Toshi Furomoto - Strongly Spent is Kept: Tradition of Generosity Sharon Jones - Heaney and Education Kelly Matthews - Heaney at Harvard Panel 11 - District and Circle and the Northern Line Chair: Stefanie Lehner Stephen O'Neill - And spirited myself into the street': the city in District and Circle Jason Stevens - Recentering North: Describing History Without Place Kelly Sullivan - "Kenning North"

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6.30pm

Poetry and Music (included in conference dinner ticket): Poetry and Music from Ciaran and Deirdre Carson, Songs from Pdraign N Uallachin, accompanied by Zoe Conway, John McIntyre and Macdara O Graham Poetry from Sinad Morrissey

City Hall

8.00pm

Conference Dinner

City Hall

Saturday 12 April
9.30-11.00am Plenary Lecture Peter McDonald - Heaney's Implications Tea/coffee Break Panel 12 - Teaching Heaney Chair: Gail McConnell Barbara Gerner de Garcia - Heaney in Translation: The written word transformed by sign language Tess Maginess - To delight and instruct: Heaney and the teaching of poetry Li Chengjian - On Seamus Heaney Study in China Panel 13 - Translations Chair: Philip McGowan Jim Holland - Heaney Word Alchemist Kevin Murphy - Heaney Translating Heaney Clona N Riordin - Le Heaney francais Panel 14 - Canon and Criticism Chair: Edna Longley John Wilson Foster - Heaneys cultural importance John Waters - In Theory-Seamus Heaney and critical practice Laura OConnor - Seamus Heaney and the 'Irish Miracle' of literary canonization 1.00-2.00pm 2.00-3.30pm Lunch Panel 15 - Heaney's Objects Chair: John McAuliffe Tom Herron - Heaney's handmades: poetry, objects, things Geraldine Higgins - Exhibiting Heaney Grzegorz Czemiel - Where does spirit live?' Seeing Things in the light of object-oriented ontology Panel 16 - Translations 2 Chair: Hugh Haughton Chris Allen - Between the God in the Tree and the Tree in the Mind Matthew Shelton - Poetic Translation as Peace Process: A Methodological Reappraisal of Seamus Heaney's Beowulf PFC/0G/007

11.00-11.30am 11.30-1.00pm

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Panel 17 - Sound and Sense Chair: Paul Simpson Andrew Osborn - Visionary Immanence: Seeing Things Auditory Groundings Zhu Yu - A First Line That Goes Musically: Seamus Heaney's ideas of Musicality in Poetry Composition David-Antoine Williams - Aura and Authority: Words and Dictionaries in the Poems and Prose 3.30-4.00pm 4.00-5.30pm Tea/Coffee Break Panel 18 - Form Matters Chair: Patrick Crotty Jennie Baker - The music of what happens: The End of the Poem and Heaneys Present Donald Givans - Old Axles and Iron Hoops: Seamus Heaney and the Conflicted Sonnet Stephen Grace - anglings, aimings, feints and squints: Heaney's sense of space Panel 19 - On the Air Chair: Derek Johnston Meg Tyler - Making the Air Gasp: Heaney and his collaboration with Mohammed Fairouz Rosie Lavan - Explorations: Seamus Heaney and Education Fanny Quement - The Poet on Record: Seamus Heaney's Northern Voice Panel 20 - Heaney, the Self and History Chair: Elena Cotta Ramusino Joan Dargan - Seamus Heaney: The Great War and Bounds of History and Speech Stephen Enniss - Seamus Heaney, Derek Mahon and Poetic Acts of Self-Definition 6.30pm Poetry Reading (included in Conference Dinner ticket): Paul Muldoon, Leontia Flynn, David Wheatley and Nick Laird Introduced by Frank Ormsby Conference Dinner

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Riddel Hall

8.00pm

Riddel Hall

Sunday 13 April
9.30-11.00am Panel 21 - Intertexts and Intratexts Chair: Eamonn Hughes Sarah Berry - Heaney's Human Chains Rui Carvalho Homem - On authorship and intermediality in Seamus Heaney: 'I can connect/ Some bits and pieces' Meg Harper - Elementals in Language Panel 22 - Heaney and England Chair: Sinad Sturgeon John McAuliffe - Seamus Heaney's England Adam Crothers - Darkness echoing: In/di/visible rhyming in Heaney and Hill Stephen Regan - Growing up to Eliot: Seamus Heaney and T.S.Eliot Panel 23 - Heaney and the Classics Chair: Maureen Alden Anne Devlin - Heaney and the mantle of Aeschylus: the aftermath of the war Florence Impens - Seamus Heaney's Virgil(s): A Return to the Classics Andrew Fitzsimons - Mundus et Infans: After-time and the Child in the Poetry of Seamus Heaney PFC/02/017 PFC/02/025 PFC/02/018

11-11.30am 11.30-1.00pm

Tea/Coffee Break Plenary Panel Chair: Ed Larrissy Patricia Craig - Station Island Revisited Hugh Haughton - Seamus Heaney: First and Last Things Alan Gillis - Heaneys Legacy

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1.00-2.00pm 2.00pm 6.00pm 8.00pm

Lunch Bellaghy Trip/Eamonn's Walking Tour/Play in Lyric Buffet Public Poetry Reading (ticket included in Registration fee) : Paul Durcan, Gerald Dawe, Medbh McGuckian and Michael Longley. Introduced by Eamonn Hughes. (Further tickets available from Lyric Theatre http://www.lyrictheatre.co.uk/whats-on/specific/whatson/seamus-heaney )

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