The Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University in association with The Gallery Press hopes you will join us to celebrate the publication of Still Life by Ciaran Carson.
Ciaran Carson (1948-2019) was simply one of the great writers of our time. There are few better books than his Collected Poems. Hot on the heels of From There to Here: Selected Poems and Translations (2018) comes Still Life, a dazzling collection written in six months of this year. Each of these poems begins with a painting (Canaletto, Poussin, Cézanne, Monet and Velázquez as well as contemporary Irish artists). By contemplating it, or by looking closely or remembering carefully, his mind roams, embracing parts of his days and, often, observations in the course of a daily walk with his wife, Deirdre, near their home in Belfast.
Following his diagnosis with incurable lung cancer in March of this year Still Life stares mortality in the face. A book of uncommon bravery, it is a hymn to art and to the ordinary beauties of a blessed life.
Wednesday 16 October
The Great Hall at Queen’s University
University Road, Belfast BT7 1NN