Gweedore author and co-founder of the Donegal-based ‘Ireland Writing Retreat,’ Sean Hillen, joins RTE’s Olivia O’Leary and BBC arts presenter, Marie-Louise Muir this Friday at the Seamus Heaney Home Place in Derry for a panel discussion on the Nobel laureate’s writing.

The discussion will focus on what journalism can learn about the ethical use of language through Heaney’s poetry.

“It’s an honor to speak at such a prestigious centre, and on such an intriguing subject,” said Hillen (pictured below), whose latest novel ‘Pretty Ugly,’ links Donegal and Belfast with New York, Boston and Washington and involves media, politics and corporate corruption in the cosmetic industry. “It will be particularly interesting to debate how this leading international poet wrote about the northern Irish Troubles, not to mention everyday rural Irish life.”

The panel also includes author and broadcaster, Malachi O’Doherty, and Indiana University professors, Elaine Monaghan, who covered Northern Ireland for Reuters from 1997-99 and teaches journalism, and Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, professor of religious studies.

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