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St Benedict's College, Randalstown

Year 12 Trip to the Heaney Centre

The Seamus Heaney HomePlace is a cultural and literary centre located in the heart of Seamus Heaney's childhood home of Bellaghy. The centre was established in 2016, with the aim of celebrating the life and work of the late Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney, who passed away in 2013. A group of Year 12 English Language and Literature students recently visited the centre and enjoyed a multi-disciplinary experience that combined elements of literature, music, and the arts.

The center features a permanent exhibition on the life and work of Seamus Heaney, including original manuscripts, letters, and photographs, as well as a film that provides an insight into the poet's life and work. The center also houses a performance space, which hosts regular poetry readings, musical performances, and other cultural events. To assist with their GCSE Poetry unit the centre hosted an invaluable workshop, led by Mrs O’Brien, former head of English at St. Mary’s, Magherafelt, which focused on the study of Heaney's work and other works of literature in the CCEA Conflict anthology.

The Year 12 students thoroughly enjoyed the unique and inspiring cultural centre that celebrates the life and work of the late Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney. 💙💛



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