Links to Donated Recordings

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Sources of Donated Recordings

The Seamus Heaney Centre Digital Archive is grateful to the following persons and organizations that have donated sound recordings to the archive. Additionally, we are grateful to those who were recorded – often unaware that, one day, their reading might be part of an on-line archive. These recordings broaden the range of the SHCDA’s recordings – in many instances contributing a historical dimension to the archive that could not have been achieved otherwise.

Pat Boran, editor of Dedalus Press:
A successful poet in his own right, Pat took over the helm at Dedalus Press in 2005. He is one of a handful of publishers that instead of resisting technological changes has embraced them. The Dedalus Audio Room ( is a model of how publishers can use sound recordings to promote authors. And quite apart from its promotional function, it is of critical interest as an archive.

Janice Fitzpatrick-Simmons/The Poets’ House:
Although not currently functioning as a school, the Poets’ House has had a significant influence on the Irish poetry scene, both as an educational centre and a focal point for gatherings. Janice’s husband, the late Jimmy Simmons – poet, publisher, artist, commentator and broadcaster – made the majority of recordings donated to the SHCDA.

Paul Perry, poet and educator: Previously with the Ulster University, Paul has won the Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year Award and The Listowel Prize for Poetry and has been a James Michener Fellow of Creative Writing at The University of Miami, and a Cambor Fellow of Poetry at The University of Houston. His first book The Drowning of the Saints (Salmon Press, 2003) was published to critical acclaim. The Orchid Keeper (Dedalus Press, 2007) is his second collection of poems and confirms his promise.
Paul is involved with organising the Aspects Festival, held annually in Bangor, Co. Down, and in 2010 he will be heading Faber’s Dublin-based ‘Becoming a Poet’ writing course.