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Seamus Heaney remembered by top Irish talents as HomePlace marks its first anniversary

By Staff Reporter

Line of Duty star Adrian Dunbar and singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan are among a stellar line-up of talent set to come together to celebrate the first anniversary of Seamus Heaney HomePlace.

Riverdance choreographer Jean Butler is also among the many highlights of the new July-September programme for the venue.

In addition to the Heaney exhibition, HomePlace in Bellaghy also features a 190 audience capacity in-the-round performance space called The Helicon, with events themed around a different Heaney collection each month.

The July-September programme will be themed around Heaney's collections Electric Line, District & Circle and Human Chain, respectively.

Belfast-born author Bernard MacLaverty will make his debut at HomePlace on Saturday, August 5 with his new novel Midwinter Break, a profound examination of human love which has been hailed as his masterpiece, while Dunbar will take to the stage on Saturday, August 19 in Performance Reflections on District & Circle, the latest in a series of events which invites leading artists to respond - in whatever way they choose - to one of Seamus Heaney's celebrated poetry collections.

From September 8-10, Pulitzer Prize winning poet Paul Muldoon will curate a very special programme of events in response to Heaney's collection Human Chain.

Seamus Heaney

For his HomePlace programme, Muldoon has chosen to explore Heaney's final collection, Human Chain, through music, poetry, film, food, discussion and dance, much of which has been specially commissioned for the event.

Speaking about the inspiration behind his programme, Paul Muldoon said: "I was delighted to have the opportunity to organise this weekend at Seamus Heaney HomePlace, particularly since, as with all great books, the ideas summoned up by the phrase Human Chain resonate beyond the collection itself."

The programme opens on Friday, September 8 with a talk from one of Ireland's foremost literary and cultural historians, Terence Brown, who will introduce the Human Chain collection, the title poem of which Heaney dedicated to him.

Tickets for all July-September events at Seamus Heaney HomePlace are on sale now at

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