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Our poetry evenings have featured both up and coming poets and established poets. Readings have taken place in our home in an informal, relaxed family setting, followed by a buffet supper. The incredibly successful On Home Ground Festivals of 2013 and 2014 have also taken place here, using the old Stables to the rear of the house and marquees set up in our back garden.
Currently, we have no poetry events planned for Laurel Villa. The Mid Ulster Council-funded Seamus Heaney Visitor Centre in nearby Bellaghy have a superb programme of events throughout the year. To book events there go to Seamus Heaney HomePlace. Why not make a short break of it by attending an event, sampling Magherafelt’s nightlife and then staying overnight at Laurel Villa? Contact Us to check availability.
Some of the poets, writers and other artists who have featured at past events and festivals include:-
Frank Ormsby, Joan Newmann, Ray Liversidge(Australia), Iggy McGovern, Christopher Somerville, Declan Forde, Moyra Donaldson, Seamus Heaney, Kate Newmann, Philip Cummings, Maria McManus, Gerald Dawe, Petra White, Paul Hetherington, Nick Laird, Zadie Smith, Michael Longley, Bernard MacLaverty, Gary Lightbody, Peter Fallon, Liam O’Flynn, Eileen Battersby, Colin Davidson, Glenn Patterson, Eoin Colfer, Cathal O’Searcaigh, Maurice Riordon, Pat Loughrey, Zoe Conway, Leontia Flynn, Michael McGuinness, Colette Bryce, Sinéad Morrissey, Gillian Clarke