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Issue 477, 18 February 2002

Heaney: privilege to hear him speak

Nobel prize-winning poet and Leeds honorary graduate Seamus Heaney spoke to a packed auditorium at the University on January 30. Reading from his many collections of poetry, his vivid descriptions and anecdotes helped to paint a picture of the moments in his life when the poems were born, whether in his grandmother's kitchen, watching an RUC officer with his father, or at his mother's deathbed. He professed himself impressed that a poetry reading could attract so many people, but the 700 people who attended will feel themselves privileged to have heard him speak.

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