|Seamus Heaney 1939-2013
In a short tribute on behalf of the Committee of Irish PEN Fr.Tony Gaughan writes:
Members of Irish PEN are saddened by the loss of Seamus Heaney, a true friend, former member and recipient of the Irish PEN Award in 2005. Irish PEN members were thrilled in 1995 when he was presented with the Nobel Prize for Literature. It is no secret that the Irish PEN Centre had for some time been presenting his name for that prestigious honour.
Among his many qualities, Irish PEN members will remember his friendliness and unassuming attitude to the many honours showered upon him.
‘Between my finger and my thumb
The squat pen rests.
I’ll dig with it. ‘
Brightening brightness, alone on the road, she appears,
Ringlets and ringlets, a curl in every tress
News that was secret she whispered to soothe her aloneness,
My head got lighter and lighter but still I approached her,
I hurtled and hurled myself madly following after
A gang of thick louts were shouting loud insults and jeering
I tried then as hard as I could to make her hear truth,
When she heard me, she started to weep, but pride was the cause
Calamity, shock, collapse, heartbreak and grief
Published by Index On Censorship 30/08/2013: Index on censorship 30/08/2013