The Great Hall at Magee was packed to capacity to hear internationally acclaimed author Seamus Deane speak in ‘Life Stories’, the second in a series of public conversations in which distinguished honorary graduates of the University of Ulster speak about their experiences and creative impulses.
The Derry born poet, literary critic and author of the best-selling ‘Reading in the Dark’ was interviewed by Professor Paul Moore, Head of the School of Creative Arts at Magee about wide range of topics, including the influences of his childhood, schooling and intensive academic research on his literary output, and in particular his Booker Prize nominated novel, which was an international best-seller when published in 1996.
Deane ranged over many topics, such as the legacy of Field Day, the theatrical and literary movement that he helped establish. His close friend and a fellow co-founder of Field Day, playwright Brian Friel, was present at the event.
Deane was Keough Professor of Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA, from 1993 to 2005.
He holds the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from Ulster for services to Irish Literature.