Tickets for the On Home Ground Poetry Festival in Magherafelt in September are already moving fast with the Seamus Heaney evening now completely sold out.
Heaney, the festival patron and long-term friend of the organisers, will perform an address entitled ‘Important Places: A Reading With Commentary’ on Friday 20 September, officially opening the exciting three-day event.
Highlights of the festival include a reading by award-winning poet Michael Longley and broadcaster William Crawley in conversation with novelist and short story writer Bernard MacLaverty. Bob Morrow, an Australian poet with Ulster ancestors, will also make the long journey to perform.
In The Magic of the Ordinary on Saturday 21 September, former BBC Northern Ireland Controller Pat Loughrey, now warden of Goldsmiths College London, will speak about Monaghan poet Patrick Kavanagh.
During the course of the weekend there will an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Michael McGuinness, one of the finest Irish artists of his generation.
The National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke, will close the festival at 8.30 pm on Sunday 22 September.
Nine of the 10 festival events will be held in the grounds of Laurel Villa Guesthouse, a designated UK Poetry Society Landmark, which hosts regular poetry readings through the year while a festival prequel event will be held at Prehen House in Derry~Londonderry on Saturday 14 September.
The On Home Ground Poetry Festival, unique in returning the local Nobel Laureate to his home ground, will be one of the highlights of the Derry~Londonderry UK City of Culture 2013 events programme.
Full Festival program including Box Office information available at http://www.laurel-villa.com