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Launched in celebration of the 80th year of Seamus Heaney’s birth, the set consists of a beautifully designed pamphlet of Heaney’s poignant essay ‘Something to Write Home About’ and a handprinted letterpress print of his poem ‘Terminus’. Complementary when read together and delightful when displayed as standalone items, they offer insight into both Heaney’s childhood and his creative process.
The prose of this pamphlet recalls generously – as his poem, ‘Terminus’, recalls concisely – a childhood of moving through and across, of seeing in both directions, of drawing an education from each.
– Matthew Hollis, Poetry Editor, Faber & Faber (from the Editor’s Note)
‘Something to Write Home About’ was originally published by Faber in the collection Finders Keepers (2002). ‘Terminus’ – which is directly referred to within the essay – is taken from Heaney’s collection The Haw Lantern (1987).
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