Press Release

Maurice Riordan Under the Influence of Seamus Heaney

On Thursday 21 June the Poetry Society, in association with the London Review of Books, continue their highly successful Under the Influence events, an inspiring reading and discussion series.

Hailed as the greatest Irish poet since Yeats, Nobel Prize winner Seamus Heaney staked an early claim on particular poetic territories, Irish and otherwise, with a compelling and complex impact on the development of contemporary writing, a generous influence to which fellow Faber poet and Poetry London editor, Maurice Riordan, pays homage, and due critical attention.

Maurice Riordan was born in County Cork and has published several collections of poetry including Floods, Wild Reckoning, Confidential Reports, The Moon Has Written You a Poem and The Holy Land. Riordan teaches at Imperial College London and Goldsmiths College.

The Under the Influence series has proved a popular and critical success in exploring how today’s poets engage with, learn from, explore and acknowledge poets of the past. This year’s series invites leading names in our current poetry world to expand on the influence of significant twentieth-century figures in shaping their own endeavours and poetic sensibilities.

This event will be hosted by the Poetry Society Chair, Anne-Marie Fyfe.

A glass of wine is included under the generous sponsorship of Averys Wine Merchants

Under the Influence continues throughout 2007 with the following readings

Thursday 18 October
Carol Rumens under the influence of Sylvia Plath

Thursday 29 November
Gwyneth Lewis under the influence of Stevie Smith

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Notes to Editors

  • All events are held at London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place, London, WC1A 2JL.
  • Tickets are £10 (£5 LRB subscribers, Poetry Society members and concs).
  • Season ticket for all five events: £35 (£18 LRB subscribers, Poetry Society members and concessions). Box Office 0207 420 9895 or email [email protected]
  • All events start at 7pm