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Book Review: Seamus Heaney’s The Burial at Thebes (Sophocle’s Antigone) - By Stephanie Laura-Jane Collins

Antigone by Frederic Leighton, 1882

Before I started this book I have to say I was already pretty excited about it. My first, last, and only experience of Heaney was an encounter with his infamous translation of… 746 more words


St. John of the Cross; a new sonnet

St. John of the Cross also has his day in dark December, just the day after St. Lucy in fact. That seems right for the saint who, more than any other, understood and dealt with the darkness that sometimes comes upon us, the saint who gave us the phrase ‘The Dark Night of the Soul’. 423 more words


'Seamus Heaney' - Sketchbook Memories

Looking back on my 2013/2014 sketchbook I notice there are fewer drawings than usual, fewer paintings and even less prose. It was an intensive year of moving, working and change. 99 more words

Nonce Words by Seamus Heaney

There’s a little gem of a poem by Seamus Heaney, tucked away in his 2006 publication, District and Circle, which is particularly apt at this time of year. 325 more words

Irish Poetry

So... I want to marry Ireland!

Immensely overlooked in my blog this year has been one of the three biggest champions in my life. Some friends say ‘There’s definitely a book hiding in you, so it’s time to start writing that autobiography.’ The word ‘autobiography’ fills me with trepidation though, as I immediately think of the libraries I worked in, and I see long shelves packed with autobiographies of distinguished writers or obscure rock stars. 1,153 more words


The Great Hall

Great Halls have always been a part of fantasy fiction. I read some of the late Seamus Heaney’s translation of Beowulf from ye olde English… 553 more words

For the love of...

Apart from reading, and reading widely, another good tip for a poet is to subscribe to some poetry journals and writing magazines, to also help keep them appraised of the latest events in the literary world.   270 more words