Poetry celebration at MacNeice House for European Heritage Open Days
MacNeice House, once home to one of Northern Ireland's great poets, Louis MacNeice (1907 - 1963), and now home to the Arts Council of Northern Ireland will throw open it's door to the public on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September.
This year European Heritage open days (EHOD) will take place on 14th and 15th September and MacNeice House on Belfast’s Malone Road, once home to one of Northern Ireland’s greatest poets, Louis MacNeice from 1907-1963, will be throwing open its doors to the public who are encouraged to come along and listen to free poetry readings from ten of Northern Ireland’s leading poets including Michael Longley, Ciaran Carson and Belfast’s Poet Laureate Sinéad Morrissey, among others.
MacNeice House is currently home to the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the lead development agency for the arts in the region and Dr Suzanne Lyle, Head of Visual Arts, will also be on hand to take visitors on a tour of this impressive Victorian building where they can admire a variety of artworks form the Arts Council collection.
Damian Smyth, Head of Literature and Drama at the Arts Council, commented, “How fitting that in the month when we mark Louis MacNeice’s 50th anniversary, we should have ten of our most acclaimed poets reading his poems and theirs, in the very building he resided in for a substantial period of his life. European Heritage Open Days is a fantastic initiative from NIEA, offering over 400 spaces for the public to discover for free. The Arts Council is delighted to be involved again this year and we look forward to welcoming visitors who will no doubt enjoy the free readings from our leading modern-day poets.”
Readings for the weekend are outlined below:
Saturday 14th – no booking required
Tour times: Tour of MacNeice House and artworks with Dr.Suzanne Lyle. 10am, 12pm and 2pm.
Readings from emerging poets in residence: Erin Halliday, Paula Cunningham, Nathaniel Joseph McAuley, Deirdre Cartmill, Stephen Sexton and Ben Maier.
Sunday 15th - booking essential call 028 9054 3022
Tour times: 2pm tour of MacNeice House and artworks with Dr. Suzanne Lyle.
Sunday salon: A celebration of Louis MacNeice and NI poetry 3-4pm.
Readings by renowned poets Michael Longley, Sinead Morrissey, Ciaran Carson and Leontia Flynn. (Light refreshments will be provided).