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Celebrate Northern Ireland’s literary legends on World Book Day

3rd March 2022 - 10:00am

This year marks 25th anniversary World Book Day (3rd March). Discover Northern Ireland has penned a list of activities and attractions that showcase the works of some of our greatest writers for the entire family to enjoy.

This year marks 25th anniversary World Book Day (3rd March). Discover Northern Ireland has penned a list of activities and attractions that showcase the works of some of our greatest writers for the entire family to enjoy.

Visit the land which fuelled their imaginations and write your own chapter of memories.

 

From Seamus Heaney and Samuel Beckett to C.S Lewis, Northern Ireland has been home to giants of the literary world who drew inspiration from the lands of their childhood to conjure up magical fantasy lands and poems which paint pictures on the page.

 

This year marks the 25th anniversary of World Book Day (3rd March) and to celebrate, Discover Northern Ireland has penned a list of activities and attractions that showcase the works of some of our greatest writers for the entire family to enjoy.

 

Northern Ireland’s cultural heritage and its astounding mix of wild coastal areas, calm countryside lakes and soaring mountains have fuelled the imaginations of generations of esteemed writers.

 

Now you can write your own chapter of memories by visiting the lands which inspired some of the greatest literary figures the world has ever known. With most places only two hours from Dublin, you will be delighted to embrace the rich cultural history of Northern Ireland.

 

Seamus Heaney’s HomePlace

Seamus Heaney, nicknamed ‘Famous Seamus’, is widely regarded as one of the leading poets of the twentieth century. Critically acclaimed, he is also highly regarded with the wider public and won an astonishing list of honours and awards throughout his career, topped by the 1995 Nobel Prize for Literature.

 

He received the Nobel Prize ‘for works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth, which exalt everyday miracles and the living past’.

 

Now many of the places which inspired his work are celebrated at the Seamus Heaney HomePlace in Bellaghy, Derry, a special place where you can visit and expect to be led on an inspiring journey through his life.

 

Situated between Heaney’s two childhood homes at Mossbawn and The Wood, and only a few hundred yards from St Mary’s Church, Bellaghy, HomePlace is a place where you can sense the warmth of Heaney’s relationships with local people and landscapes, and where you can immerse yourself in the Nobel Laureate’s literature.

 

Seamus Heaney’s distinctive voice guides you through the exhibition as you get to know the people and places that inspired him and his words. Additionally, atmospheric video projections and touchscreen books, as well as personal artefacts and a collection of manuscripts and first editions are among the items on display.

 

Owners of Laurel Villa (4*) guest house in Magherafelt are huge Heaney fans and worth visiting when you are in the area. Not only is this a great place to rest your head after a day exploring, but the five-star rated tours of Seamus Heaney Country they offer are also not to be missed. These literary tours are well-known in delivering first-hand knowledge of Heaney’s world and there’s also regular poetry readings and a Heaney exhibition, so you don’t have to go far to uncover all you need.


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