October 16, 2002

Contact: Sarah Ray
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.