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Check out this page for up-to-date information on our Poetry Readings and
news of other Laurel Villa events. Some of these events are promoted by Magherafelt Arts Society, a group which has come together to promote participation in the Arts in Magherafelt and the wider Mid-Ulster area.
On Home Ground Poetry Festival 2013
We are delighted to announce preliminary details of the On Home Ground Poetry Festival 2013 which will take place at Laurel Villa on 20-22 September 2013. The festival is an initiative of Magherafelt Arts Society and promises an exciting, enjoyable and memorable weekend of events and activities. Located in the heart of South Derry, this will be a joyous celebration of poets and poetry. It will also pay tribute to those people and places of Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney’s first world which have subsequently provided the inspiration for much of his work.
Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney
The festival will feature well-known poets from Ireland and around the world, as well as readings by local and emerging poets. A series of talks, performances, exhibitions and activities will highlight the important contribution that poetry can make to our lives. During the weekend, the literary outputs of a pioneering educational project involving schools in the Magherafelt and Derry City areas will be showcased at the festival.
On Home Ground will emphasise the unique landscape, history, people and culture of South Derry and invite others to share in its richness. As part of the celebrations marking City of Culture 2013, a festival outreach event will take place at Prehen House on the outskirts of Derry City. Seamus Heaney is Patron of the festival and will give the opening address
Further information on the On Home Ground Poetry Festival 2013 will be posted on this website so be sure to check out this page regularly.
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Previous Events at Laurel Villa
Seamus Heaney at Laurel Villa in 2009
Our poetry evenings featuring both up and coming and established poets are unique occasions. Readings take place in an informal, relaxed family setting and are followed by a buffet supper. Why not take a poetry break and incorporate a poetry reading with an overnight stay?
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Some of the poets who have featured at these events are
- Cathal O'Searcaigh
- Joan Newmann
- Ray Liversidge(Australia)
- Iggy McGovern
- Frank Ormsby
- Maura Johnston
- Christopher Somerville
- Declan Forde
- Moyra Donaldson
- Seamus Heaney
- Philip Cummings
- Kate Newmann
- Maria McManus
- Gerald Dawe
- Paul Hetherington
- Jeffrey Thomson
- Petra White
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