his own words
Heaney will give a poetry reading at the University of
Leeds this month, offering a unique opportunity for people
throughout the region to hear the acclaimed Nobel prize-winning
poet and University of Leeds honorary graduate
read his own work, either live or on the webcast
which will be made of the event.
Heaney was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters
at the University of Leeds in July 2001. In his acceptance
speech, he said it was a 'great honour' to receive the
degree from Leeds, as the University had, for him, strong
associations with poetry.
a foretaste of the event on January 30, Heaney also read
one of his poems Digging at the ceremony,
in honour of his father, who he said had been 'too shy'
to come to his own graduation.
reading takes place at the conference auditorium at the
University. For tickets, contact Sharron Kyriacou on ext
34764 or email email@example.com
the full text of Heaney's speech