Death of a Poet: Seamus Heaney

In recent weeks there has been a torrent of tributes to Seamus Heaney, many written by people who claimed friendship with Heaney. A cynical viewer might assume that such claims are simply self-promotion, and that could be true in some cases. There is, however, another possibility. Heaney had a way of entering into short, intense […]

On the staff: the rocking chair years

In most professions, retirement means stopping work, taking a long holiday, and turning to charitable and leisure pursuits, or possibly to drink. Academics are different: in the old joke, they don’t die; they just lose their faculties. Certainly retirement marks a change in the rhythms of life: after forty years of term and vacation, term […]

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