Room to Rhyme: Poetry and Crisis, 1968-1998.
Linen Hall Library, Belfast, 23rd May 2018.
Plenary Address: Edna Longley
Evening Reading: Michael Longley, Alan Gillis and Colette Bryce.
The Linen Hall Library, Belfast and the University of Reading invite you to a one-day conference to mark 50 years since the NI Arts Council-funded Room to Rhyme tour, when Michael Longley, Seamus Heaney and Davy Hammond brought poetry and song to a society on the brink of thirty years of conflict. The conference aims to generate new perspectives on Northern Irish poetry by attending to its historical and institutional contexts, and to intervene in ongoing debates about the relationship between poetry and politics.
The conference and reading are free but please register to ensure a place: [log in to unmask]
Registration 9.30 – 10.00
Panel I 10.00 – 11.30.
Steven Matthews (Reading): Writing the Province: David Jones, John Montague, Seamus Heaney.
Florence Impens (Manchester): ‘The Watchman’s War’: Classical Poems in the Northern Irish ‘Troubles’
Fran Brearton (Queen’s): Coming of Age: Longley’s Dedications
Panel II 11.45 – 1.15
Connal Parr (Northumbria): Field Day: The South African Connection.
Shane Murphy (Aberdeen): ‘Truly Far-Fetched’: Intertextuality and the Poetry of Witness.
W. J. McCormack: North Ventures South: John Hewitt and Austin Clarke
Lunch 1.15 – 2.15
Panel III 2.15 – 3.45
Michael Parker (Oxford Brookes): Recognition Scenes: Seamus Heaney’s ‘Glanmore Revisited’, Looking Back, Up and Ahead’.
Conor Carville (Reading): Yeats in Belfast: Poetry and Crisis 1971-1972
Heather Clark (Marlboro): The Belfast Group: A Reconsideration
Plenary Address 4.00-5.00
Edna Longley (Queen’s): ‘Making Room, Northern Irish Poetry since the 1960s’
6.00 Evening Reading
Michael Longley, Alan Gillis and Colette Bryce.