November 15th 2019: The Irish Film Institute (IFI) is proud to announce that it will screen new documentary Seamus Heaney and the Music of What Happens on Monday, December 2nd at 18.30. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Adam Low, and Seamus Heaney’s wife Marie and his daughter Catherine, hosted by Professor Margaret Kelleher of UCD. Tickets are on sale now at https://ifi.ie/seamus-heaney

Six years after his unexpected death, Seamus Heaney’s wife Marie and their three children talk intimately about their family life and read the poems he wrote for them. His surviving brothers remember their childhood and the shared experiences that inspired many of his finest poems. Heaney’s unique gifts as a poet and his personal response to the complexity and violence of the Troubles in Northern Ireland are discussed by poets Paul Muldoon and Michael Longley. His students in Harvard, Tracy K Smith (US Poet Laureate), and Kevin Young (poetry editor of The New Yorker) consider the worldwide resonances of his work.

The film conjures the people and landscapes of Heaney’s childhood through a bounty of film and audio archive featuring Heaney’s own voice and his powerful, inimitable poetry.

For further information, interview availability, and high-res images, please contact Frances Wilde (fwilde@irishfilm.ie) at the IFI Press Office – (01) 6795744. Photo courtesy of Antonio Olmos.

IFI is principally funded by the Arts Council.


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