When Seamus Heaney met the Queen: an appreciation of the Nobel prize-winning poet and his allegiance to people and places

During coverage after Queen Elizabeth II’s death, the focus on her well-received visit to Ireland in 2011 contained one moment that caught me by surprise: film of her speech at Dublin Castle, once the centre of British power in Ireland, showed a figure sitting at the top table. Sandwiched between David Cameron, then prime minister, and the Duke of Edinburgh, was Seamus Heaney. The Nobel laureate of 1995 had obviously come on a...

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