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Issue 475, 21 January 2002

In his own words

Seamus 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.

Seamus 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.

In 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.

The reading takes place at the conference auditorium at the University. For tickets, contact Sharron Kyriacou on ext 34764 or email

See the full text of Heaney's speech

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