Barry Flanagan + Seamus Heaney

Barry Flanagan was born in Prestatyn, North Wales in 1941. He studied at Birmingham College of Art and Crafts before going on to St. Martin’s School of Art in London in 1964, where he later got a position on the teaching staff. A major retrospective of his work was held at the Fundación ‘La Caixa’ Madrid in 1993; Galerie Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, 1999 and Tate Gallery, Liverpool, 2000. Other solo exhibitions include Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, Germany, 2002; Musee d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain, Nice, 2002. Flanagan's 2006 exhibition at IMMA coincided with the display of 10 large bronze sculptures on O'Connell Street, Dublin

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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