lancaster >> The Lancaster Literary Guild will present readings from the work of Seamus Heaney at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Ware Center on Prince Street in Lancaster — and two Lebanon performers will contribute to the program.
Seamus Carmichael and Matt Miskie will take part in the show. Carmichael, who grew up a few miles from Heaney's birthplace in Northern Ireland, has written the narrative for the event and will also recite two of the poems. Miskie is one of the musicians who will play at a reception following the readings.
Heaney, the 1995 Nobel Prize winner for literature who passed away last August, was one of the world's best loved contemporary poets. The Nobel Committee described his poetry as "works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth, which exalt everyday miracles and the living past."
An instructor at the Lebanon Campus of HACC, Carmichael said that in January a friend told him that the Literary Guild was planning to have actors read Heaney's work. Carmichael felt that it would help to hear some of the most powerful poems such as "Casualty," which dealt with The Troubles, in the voice of someone who lived through them. He then contacted Literary Guild president Betsy Hurley and, after hearing Carmichael talk about the poems and rural life in Northern Ireland, she asked him to be the writer and narrator for the biographical part of the presentation.
Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for guild members and $5 for students. Reserve by calling 717-872-3811.