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Seamus Heaney has died | 30-Aug-13

The Irish poet, Seamus Heaney, has died at the age of 74 following a brief illness. Heaney won several awards in his lifetime, including The Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995, the T.S. Eliot Prize in 2006 and The Forward Prize in 2010.

His death is being widely covered by the media including The Irish Times which describes him as 'the most significant Irish poet of his generation'. Click here for his obituary on the BBC website.

Heaney represented Ireland at Poetry Parnassus, hosted by the Southbank Centre in 2012 as part of the Cultural Olympiad. The Poetry Library holds the bespoke version of The World Record, containing handwritten poems by the participating poets, including Heaney, as well as The World Record Desk, signed by Heaney and other Parnassus poets.

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