Seamus Heaney gets his place in interactive school poetry programme

Pupils from St Pius X College visiting the Strand at Lough Beg with Siobhan Thompson Lough Neagh Landscape Partnership

SCHOOL pupils are exploring the landscape that inspired poet Seamus Heaney as part of a new education programme.

My Place Within the Landscape features trips to natural heritage sites and activities within the Seamus Heaney HomePlace in Bellaghy.

Young people will participate in a session at HomePlace and an outdoor learning activity exploring the Nobel Laureate's poetry around Lough Neagh and Lough Beg.

The trips take in Toner's Bog, Church Island, turf-cutting and farming.

It is hoped participants will take inspiration and produce their own poetry and supporting portfolio.

It has been developed by the Lough Neagh Landscape Partnership, with funding provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund, in partnership with Seamus Heaney HomePlace and RSPB NI.

The year-long programme is being piloted among Key Stage 3 pupils from of the area's post-primary schools.

Conor Jordan from Lough Neagh Landscape Partnership Forum said the programme helped promote a greater understanding of landscape heritage and the literary value.

"The cultural significance of Lough Neagh and Lough Beg has been recognised globally thanks to the poetic eloquence of Seamus Heaney and we are delighted to be part of a project that will encourage young people to look at the landscape with a new heritage awareness," he said.

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