Celebrating Louis MacNeice
Friday 20th September 2013 at 9am
Celebrating the legacy of poet Louis MacNeice, four of Northern Ireland’s celebrated poets, Michael Longley, Ciaran Carson, recently appointed poet laureate for Belfast, Sinead Morrissey and Leontia Flynn took part in a very special reading marking the 50th anniversary of his death.
Organised as part of the European Heritage Open Days programme, the invitation to visit MacNeice House was issued to the general public and over 100 people enjoyed tours of the building – facilitated by our head of Visual Arts, Dr Suzanne Lyle, and were treated to short readings by emerging poets Erin Halliday, Paula Cunningham, Nathaniel Joseph McCauley, Deirdre Cartmill, Stephen Sexton and Ben Maier.
MacNeice house an imposing Victorian Villa located on Belfast’s Malone Road is currently home to the Arts Council, and was the residence of Louis MacNeice’s father, Church of Ireland Bishop of Down, Connor and Dromore. Indeed the poem Snow was written in one of the building’s ground floor rooms.
Watch the following series of short films as Longley, Carson, Morrissey and Flynn select their favourite MacNeice poems, those that have inspired their own work, and read their own poems written in response to the work of legendary poet,