Michael Longley in Context

‘Michael Longley in Context’ was a celebration and critical appraisal of the poetry of Michael Longley in his 80th year. It was a free event that took place on the 11th June 2019. One of the speakers, Dr. Maria Johnston, published a summary of the day on her blog.

PROGRAMME | The Canada Room, Queen’s University Belfast

9.00-9.30am: Registration, coffee and welcome

9.30 – 11.00am: Panel 1 chaired by Fran Brearton.

Florence Impens (University of Manchester): ‘The Interconnectedness of All Things: Michael Longley’s Classical Poems’;

Peter McDonald (University of Oxford): ‘Michael Longley: “The Linen Industry”‘.

11.00-11.15am: Coffee break

11.15am-1.15pm: Panel 2 chaired by Stephen Sexton

Lucy McDiarmid (Montclair State University): ‘Longley Reclining’;

Jack Quin (Trinity College Dublin): ‘Longley, the visual arts and the Arts Council’;

Adam Hanna (University College Cork): ‘On Carrigskeewaun’.

1.15-2.00pm: Lunch

2.00-3.30pm: Panel 3 chaired by Tara McEvoy

Maria Johnston (Independent Scholar): ‘Longley’s Angels: Michael Longley’s American Women Poets’;

Alan Gillis (University of Edinburgh): ‘Michael Longley and the Poetics of “Flora”’.

6pm: Wine reception and poetry reading in the Senate Room: Peter McDonald, Alan Gillis, Leontia Flynn and Gail McConnell chaired by Seán Hewitt.

This event was part of a project that has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 797433. The organisers also gratefully acknowledge funding from the School of Arts, English & Laguages and the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen’s University Belfast.