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Nobel Prize-Winning Poet Seamus Heaney Will Read At U.Va. April 19

April 7, 2004 -- Seamus Heaney, one of Ireland’s greatest writers and among the world’s most popular poets today, will read from his work at the University of Virginia on Monday, April 19.

Winner of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature, Heaney will read at 8 p.m. in Culbreth Theatre. The free public reading, sponsored by the English Department’s Peters Rushton lecture series, will be followed by a question-and-answer period.

A native of Northern Ireland who lives in Dublin and teaches part of each year at Harvard University, Heaney is also known for his influential books of literary criticism and essays and his translations of ancient works. His 1999 translation of the Old English epic poem “Beowulf” was widely acclaimed and won Britain’s Whitbread Award as best book of the year.

Heaney’s many poetry collections include “Opened Ground” (1999), “The Spirit Level” (1996), “Selected Poems” (1990), “Field Work” (1979) and “Death of A Naturalist” (1966), which launched his reputation as a poet. The rural landscape of his Irish childhood in a farming family forms the backdrop of many of his poems, which are noted for their conversational tone and music of language.

For additional information call (434) 924-6675.

Contact: Erika Baxter, (434) 924-6074

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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