Visual Arts

Seamus Heaney: Manuscripts

An exhibition of the poet's handwritten, typed and edited work, in partnership with the National Library of Ireland



Nov 1, 2019 – Jan 24, 2020


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Exhibition has been extended and will be available to view by appointment through January 24, 2020.

Irish Arts Center partners with the National Library of Ireland to celebrate the poetry of Seamus Heaney with a selection of materials from the Library’s landmark exhibition in Dublin.  

Heaney donated his remarkable literary collection to the Library in 2011, and the copies on display are drawn from the Library’s Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again exhibition currently on show in the Bank of Ireland Cultural and Heritage Centre in Dublin.

Selections include 14 manuscripts documenting the artist at work: a collection of beloved poems typed on lined paper and handwritten on the backs of envelopes, edited with pencil and blue and black ink.

Our exhibition opens alongside a celebration of the U.S. publication of 100 Poems, a retrospective begun by Heaney and completed by his family, as part of our 11th annual PoetryFest.

About the National Library of Ireland

The National Library of Ireland (NLI) is the library of record for Ireland. Established in 1887, we share the story of Ireland through our unique collections, made up of over 10 million items. Our strategic priorities are to collect, protect, connect, innovate and collaborate. The Library is open, free of charge, to all who wish to consult the collections, and offers a lively programme of exhibitions and events for all ages. Further information is available at


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Irish Arts Center programs are supported, in part, by government, foundation, and corporate partners including Culture Ireland, the agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office and the New York City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature; Howard Gilman Foundation; Jerome L. Greene Foundation; the Charina Endowment Fund; the Ireland Funds; the Shubert Foundation, Inc.; the Irish Institute of New York; the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, New York; the Charles Lawrence Keith & Clara Miller Foundation; Northern Ireland Bureau; the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Consulate of Ireland in New York; British Council; Morgan Stanley; Tourism Ireland; and thousands of generous donors like you.


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