An illumuinating evening at Seamus Heaney HomePlace

Noel Connor's short film The Bovedy Illuminations will be screened at Seamus Heaney HomePlace next month

TO MARK the screening of his short film The Bovedy Illuminations at Seamus Heaney HomePlace in Bellaghy on October 26, artist Noel Connor will be joined on stage by poet Gerald Dawe in an informal conversation on memory, art and the influence of Seamus Heaney on their respective artistic journeys.

Noel Connor's first publication, Gravities, was a collection of drawings to accompany poems by Seamus Heaney. It included Exposure, which held a special significance for the artist and again provides an undercurrent for this new work.

On April 25 1969, Connor witnessed a fireball tear across the skies of west Belfast. The falling meteorite landed minutes later at Bovedy, only 10 miles from Bellaghy. In this work he fuses poetry, imagery and sound to create a remarkable testament to "one of the last innocent days of my childhood".

Gerald Dawe's poetry collections include Selected Poems, Mickey Finn's Air and The Last Peacock. He has also published several volumes of criticism and memoirs, most recently In Another World: Van Morrison and Belfast and Looking Through You: Northern Chronicles. He contributed the biographical essay on Seamus Heaney to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

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