Barrie Cooke + Seamus Heaney
Born in Cheshire, England in 1931, Barrie Cooke studied Art History at Harvard University. He has exhibited widely throughout Europe, the US and Canada. Solo exhibitions include Haags Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, 1992; LAC, Perpignan, France, 1995; RHA Gallery, Dublin, 1995; Kerlin Gallery, Dublin 2007 and the Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, 2009. His work is held in many museum collections including the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Ulster Museum, the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam and the Haags Gemeentemuseum, The Hague
Seamus Heaney was born in 1939 near Castledawson, Co. Derry. He won a scholarship to St. Columb's College in Derry and later attended Queen's University, Belfast where his first books of poems were written. He was a teacher in Belfast from the 1960s and has since held many positions including Professor of Poetry at Oxford and Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory at Harvard University. A Saoi of Aosdána, he is one of the most admired and popular writers of our time. Best known for his poetry, his works also include plays, translations and essays. Among his many achievements is the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995.
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