Seamus Heaney collection reissued

Seamus Heaney collection reissued

Faber is to release a new edition of Seamus Heaney's poetry collection Opened Ground: Poems 1966–1996.

The £20 hardback will be released on 7th November, just over two months after the Nobel Prize-winning poet's death on 30th August. He was 74.

First published in 1998, Opened Ground collects poems from across three decades of Heaney's career, as well as including selected translations and the speech he gave when receiving the Nobel Prize. The new cover features a photograph of the Irish poet.

Faber poetry editor Matthew Hollis at Faber said: "Seamus Heaney was simply the poet of our age: a writer of international gifts and a man of hearthside, personal kindness. Within the poetry world he was a father figure: the head of our poetry household; but he was also a personal friend to so many: the great encourager, a companion in our own pursuits.

"Above all he was a great friend to poetry, showing countless readers what was possible in language, encouraging us to dig a little deeper, to break the skin of our consciousness and our articulacy; he helped us to identify what was valuable, and provided us with the tools to understand that value."

The publisher has also launched a website, rememberingseamus.com, which allows readers to share their thoughts and memories about the writer.