Planting poems: Seamus Heaney’s eco-poetry

Sat 13 Nov 2021, 10:30 - 13:00

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Person hiking across a windy peat bog on Hoy Island, Orkney.
John Rylands Research Institute and Library, 150 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3EH

This event is fully booked.

Irish poet Seamus Heaney was known for his focus on the natural world, but in later life he more actively explored climate change, peatland conservation and environmental challenges.

Discover climate change poetry written by Heaney and other contemporary poets, learn about Heaney’s unassuming conservation activism, and reflect on how you experience our changing environment.

The event will take place at the John Rylands Library, home to the archive of the Carcanet Press, one of the outstanding independent literary publishers of our time. You will also hear climate poems published by Carcanet.

At the end of the event, write your own poem on wildflower seed paper inspired by what you’ve heard and plant these to help support local wildlife.


Dr Yvonne Reddick, AHRC Leadership Fellow, University of Central Lancashire and British Academy Small Research Awards Grant Holder

Professor John McAuliffe, Professor of Poetry, University of Manchester

Part of Being Human Festival, 11-20 November


Alongside the event the John Rylands Library will be hosting a special Collections Encounter showcasing the work of the Carcanet Press Archive, between 11am and 3pm. Further details will be available on the John Rylands Library website.

This event is aimed at those aged 18+ and will take place at the John Rylands Research Institute and Library. All events are staged in line with the government’s COVID-19 guidelines and the venue's COVID-19 guidelines. Attendees are advised to consult these guidelines in advance of the event. Measures are subject to change in accordance with government guidance; attendees will be notified of any changes prior to their visit. Booking a place at a British Academy event constitutes your acceptance of our terms and conditions. If you have any questions about this event please email [email protected].

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