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Ciaran Carson celebration – 24 Feb

24th February 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Irish was his cradle language, and his writing in English always had the verve and zest of a learned language. This was particularly true of his translations – of Merriman’s Cúirt an Mheán Oíche and the Táin, or Dante’s Inferno. As well as from Irish and Italian, he translated short poems from French and Spanish with great style and lucidity.Bernard O'Donoghue, President of the Irish Literary Society

The Irish Literary Society is delighted to partner with The Seamus Heaney Centre, Queens University Belfast to produce a celebration of the life and work of Ciaran Carson, the great Belfast poet and former Director of the Centre. Carson was due to deliver last year’s joint Irish Literary Society / Irish Texts Society annual lecture but his cancer diagnosis prevented his coming and we were saddened to hear news of his death in October 2019.

The event will be presented by the current Director of the Centre, Glenn Patterson, and will feature music, song, readings and reflections from Liam Carson, Cahal Dallat, Martina Evans, Leontia Flynn, Professor Michael Parker, Bernard O’Donoghue, James Conor Patterson, Anton Thompson-McCormick.

Ciaran Carson was the first director of the Seamus Heaney Centre, a dear friend and colleague to all there, and an inspiration as a poet, writer, and as a citizen: a great European literary figure who lived his entire life in Belfast… ‘il professore, il maestro,’ in the words of Stephen Sexton, ‘to whom language itself is indebted.’Glenn Patterson, Director of the Seamus Heaney Centre
Carson was a member of Aosdana and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He was one of the so-called “Belfast Group” of poets in the 1960s which included Seamus Heaney, Michael Longley and Paul Muldoon. During his career Carson published 16 volumes of poetry and also wrote a number of novels and books about traditional Irish music. He worked in the Arts Council of Northern Ireland from 1975 to 1998 with responsibility for traditional music and, more latterly, literature. In October 2003 he was appointed Professor of Poetry and Director of the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University, Belfast.

Presented in association with the The Seamus Heaney Centre:
Irish Texts Society



24th February 2020
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Irish Literary Society
The Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen’s University Belfast


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