Seamus Heaney was born in County Derry in 1939 and died in Dublin in August 2013 by which time he was the most admired and loved poet in the world. In 1995 he received the Nobel Prize in Literature. His books include twelve collections – from Death of a Naturalist (1966) to Human Chain (2010) and an acclaimed translation of Beowulf (1999).
His Gallery publications include The Midnight Verdict (translations from the Irish of Brian Merriman and from the Metamorphoses of Ovid, 1993), Crediting Poetry (The Nobel Lecture, 1995), Laments by Jan Kochanowski (translated by Seamus Heaney and Stanislaw Baranczak, 2009), The Last Walk (translations from the Italian of Giovanni Pascoli with paintings and drawings by Martin Gale, 2013) and a personal essay in honour of Brian Friel, Spelling It Out (2009).
Seamus Heaney died on 30 August 2013. May his good soul rest in peace.