Meeting Seamus Heaney

ImageI have the unbelievable opportunity to meet Seamus Heaney, world-renown Northern Irish poet, tomorrow in a private Q and A session at my university as well as getting to listen to a poetry reading conducted by him. Needless to say, I am extremely excited. I’ve been told that he prefers not to autograph things in person, but has copies of his collections that he’s previously autographed. I will definitely be taking my book of his collected works with me for the entire event so that I can make constant reference to it. Hopefully I will be able to get a question in during his Q and A, although I have no idea what I would even begin to ask him. I can only hope that I don’t freak out at the sight of him and embarrass myself. If there’s any question that you, reader, would like to ask him, let me know and I’ll consider stealing it and asking myself! I will be posting every bit of the Q and A session that I can remember and my impression of the poetry reading after everything is over. I just needed to express how much I anticipate this opportunity.

One thought on “Meeting Seamus Heaney

  1. I’m very jealous!

    In terms of what to ask him, I thought it was fascinating when ten years ago he said (in response to a question) that Eminem was fascinating, saying “He has created a sense of what is possible. He has sent a voltage around a generation. He has done this not just through his subversive attitude but also his verbal energy.” I wonder if he finds any other pop culture figures equally interesting?

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