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Monday, September 19, 2011

11/17/11 - Correction re: Discussion of Longley's & Heaney's Poetry

(Originally, I misinterpreted this event.  Michael Longley & Seamus Heaney WILL NOT be here; but Dr Russell of Baylor University will discuss their poetry as it related to N Ireland.  Sorry about that!)

*11/17/11 - Dr. Richard Rankin Russell Discussed the poetry of Michael Longley & Seamus Heaney at Univ of St Thomas


Thursday, November 17, 2011  7:30 pm

Poetry and Peace:  Michael Longley, Seamus Heaney, and Northern Ireland

Dr. Richard Rankin Russell, English, Irish and Northern Irish Literature, Baylor University

University of St. Thomas, Cullen Hall, 4001 Mt. Vernon St.

Free and open to the public

Dr. Richard Rankin Russell (English, Irish and Northern Irish Literature, Baylor University) will be discussing the Northern Ireland poetry of Michael Longley and Seamus Heaney


In North America, Michael Longley is published by Wake Forest University Press. His wife Edna Longley is also an influential critic on modern Irish and British poetry.  Gorse Fires (1991) won the Whitbread Poetry Prize. The Weather in Japan (2000) won the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Hawthornden Prize. He holds honorary doctorates from Queen's University Belfast (1995) and Trinity College, Dublin (1999) and was the 2001 recipient of the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry. Longley was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2010 Birthday Honours.

According to Wikipedia: Longley was educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution and subsequently read Classics at Trinity College, Dublin, where he edited Icarus. He was Professor of Poetry for Ireland from 2007 to 2010, a cross-border academic post set up in 1998, previously held by John Montague, Nuala NĂ­ Dhomhnaill and Paul Durcan. He was succeeded in 2010 by Harry Clifton. 


Seamus Heaney (born 13 April 1939) is an Irish poet, writer and lecturer. He lives in Dublin. Heaney has received the T. S. Eliot Prize (2006), the Nobel Prize in Literature (1995) and two Whitbread prizes (1996 and 1999). He was both the Harvard and the Oxford Professor of Poetry and was made a Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres in 1996. In 2011, he was named one of "Britain's top 300 intellectuals" by The Observer.


For details, contact Flynn Center Director Lori Gallagher JD, 713-525-3592

Parking available for $2 (quarters preferred) in the Moran Center Parking, Graustark at West Alabama.


Lori Meghan Gallagher, JD


William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies

University of St. Thomas

3800 Montrose Blvd.

Houston, TX 77006

713-525-3592 (direct)

713-525-3866 (fax)  

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