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Irish poet Seamus Heaney was known for his focus on the natural world, but in later life he more actively explored climate change, peatland conservation and environmental challenges. Discover climate change poetry written by Heaney and other contemporary poets, learn about Heaney’s unassuming conservation activism, and reflect on how you experience our changing environment.

The event will take place at the John Rylands Library, home to the archive of the Carcanet Press, one of the outstanding independent literary publishers of our time. You will also hear climate poems published by Carcanet. At the end of the event, write your own poem on wildflower seed paper inspired by what you’ve heard and plant these to help support local wildlife.


  • Dr Yvonne Reddick, AHRC Leadership Fellow, University of Central Lancashire and British Academy Small Research Awards grant holder
  • Professor John McAuliffe, Professor of Poetry, University of Manchester