Middlebury

October 16, 2002

Contact: Sarah Ray

802-443-5794

sray@middlebury.edu

Posted: October 16, 2002

MIDDLEBURY, VT - Seamus
Heaney, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995, will read from
his poems at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28, in Middlebury College’s
Mead Chapel on Hepburn Road off College Street (Route 125). The event
is free and open to the public.

A native of Northern Ireland,
Heaney has been one of the most widely read and appreciated poets in the
world over the past three decades. His poetry often deals forcefully with
the issues of strife in Northern Ireland, and he writes movingly about
life in rural Ireland, having grown up on a farm himself. A selection
of Heaney’s poems, titled “Opened Ground,” was published
in 1998, and a collection of his essays, “Finders Keepers,”
was published in June of this year.

A resident of Dublin since
1976, he has been the Boylston Professor of Rhetoric at Harvard and the
professor of poetry at Oxford University. Heaney is also the translator
of a critically acclaimed edition of “Beowulf,” published in
2000, which The New York Times called, “a faithful rendering that
is simultaneously an original and gripping poem in its own right.”

For more information, contact
the Middlebury College office of public affairs at 802-443-5198.