OPENING GALA EVENT
SIMON CALLOW READS SEAMUS HEANEY
Simon Callow presents Seamus Heaney's Aeneid Book VI, introduced by Catherine Heaney, and accompanied by uillean piper David Power.
To mark the publication of Seamus Heaney's final work, we are proud to present a very special reading by Simon Callow of selected passages from Heaney's interpretation of the sixth book of Virgil's Aeneid, accompanied by uilleann piper David Power, scattered with a little anecdotal whimsy, and introduced by the poet's daughter Catherine Heaney.
The sixth book of Virgil's Aeneid, in which Aeneas travels into the underworld to meet the spirit of his father, is a story that captivated Seamus Heaney from his schooldays. But the work took on a special significance for him after the death of his own father, becoming a touchstone to which he would return as an adult. He began translating significant passages in the 1980s, and was finalising the work right up to the summer of his death in 2013.
Actor, theatre director and author Simon Callow met Seamus Heaney a couple of times, and they both had the greatest respect for one another. In a scene reminiscent of Four Wedding and a Funeral, Callow travels to Borris on the eve of his own wedding to make this occasion possible.
Uillean piper Daivd Power performed in Borris House with Seamus Heaney on his Beowulf (1999).
Borris House - The Ballroom
6.15pm Friday 10 June
Tickets €15 or with Friday day ticket or weekend ticket.