Belfast Telegraph

Heaney papers on show at university

Rare handwritten drafts of poems by late Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney have gone on show at the university where he studied and later taught.

Notebooks belonging to Heaney from his days as a student and professor at Queen's University in Belfast have also been put on public display.

They are included in a new exhibition at Queen's Naughton Gallery entitled Changing Lives: Our Specialist Subject.

The Co Derry-born poet died in August at the age of 74.

Examples of his work on the translation of epic poem Beowulf are also on display in Queen's.

The free exhibition includes a giant handwritten inscription by Belfast's Poet Laureate, Dr Sinead Morrissey, of a poem from her fifth collection, Parallax.

The work of Professor Phil Scraton in relation to his research on the Hillsborough stadium disaster is also incorporated.

As primary author of the Hillsborough Independent Panel, Prof Scraton led a research team at Queen's which reviewed more than one million documents related to the tragedy.

The exhibition intends to tell the story of how Queen's staff are putting Northern Ireland in the global spotlight and show the impact Queen's is having on the world around it.

Among an array of objects on show is one of the original portable defibrillators developed by Professor Frank Pantridge.

The exhibition runs until Friday November 29.


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