Seamus Heaney: The Music of What Happens

About the Exhibit

This installation is derived from the original 2014 exhibition at Emory University's Robert W. Woodruff Library.  It was the first major exhibition to celebrate the life and work of late Irish poet and Nobel Prize-winner Seamus Heaney since his death.  The exhibit at Oxford College Library features manuscripts, personal letters and photographs, and an old desk where Heaney wrote some of his celebrated poems.  Among the evocative materials on display--most of them from the Heaney collection held by MARBL--will be Heaney's poems and drafts showing his handwritten revisions, rare publications, and artists' books containing Heaney's poetry. The exhibit will also feature recordings of his poetry read by Heaney himself and by other poets, artists, and well-known figures.

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Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015 at 3 p.m. in the Fran Elizer Exhibit Gallery, Oxford College Library: Author and Emory English professor emeritus Ron Schuchard will share his experiences as a writer, working with Heaney to prepare for the 2014 major exhibition “Seamus Heaney: The Music of What Happens,” and his work on the Heaney collection in the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, & Rare Book Library at Emory University. Reception to follow. Open to the public at no charge.

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Press Release for the Oxford College Library exhibit

Visitor Information

Oxford College Library is located at 134 Few Circle, Oxford, GA 30054. For hours, parking and more information, visit the library’s website.

For more information, email Kitty McNeill: or Phone: (770) 784-8380