Exhibition Update: Writing from the Irish Language Tradition and Literary Lives

Buile Suibhne - Galway sculptor John Coll depicts "Mad Sweeney," subject of Seamus Heaney’s long poem, Sweeney Astray, published in 1983. This sculpture is part of the Burns Library's "Writing from the Irish Language Tradition" exhibit.  Photograph by Gary Wayne Gilbert.

Buile Suibhne – Galway sculptor John Coll depicts “Mad Sweeney,” subject of Seamus Heaney’s long poem, Sweeney Astray, published in 1983. This sculpture is part of the Burns Library’s “Writing from the Irish Language Tradition” exhibit. Photograph by Gary Wayne Gilbert.

The John J. Burns Library at Boston College is proud to offer an exhibit of writings in Irish and in English by ancient and contemporary Irish authors who inspired by the natural and mystical, frame golden notes for others to hear, take to heart and mind and to use to create anew.  This exhibit, “Writing from the Irish Language Tradition:  Ancient Inspires New” is on display in the Irish Room at the Burns Library.  This exhibit features books, manuscripts and sculptures that focus on the Irish language tradition from the early eighteenth century scribe William Sheehan to contemporary poet Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill

From the McMullen Museum's "Literary Lives" exhibit, photograph byBobbie Hanvey (1945–), Seamus Heaney in the Kitchen of His Dublin Home, Taken At the Kitchen Table and At the Dresser, ca. 1993. Ten black-and-white negatives (60 mm) Bobbie Hanvey Photographic Archives, John J. Burns Library, Boston College, series 10, Seamus Heaney, subseries A, original accession 2001, 1979–1999, item 7 (photograph courtesy of Bobbie Hanvey Photographic Archives, John J. Burns Library, Boston College)

From the McMullen Museum’s “Literary Lives” exhibit, photograph by Bobbie Hanvey (1945–), Seamus Heaney in the Kitchen of His Dublin Home, Taken At the Kitchen Table and At the Dresser, ca. 1993. Ten black-and-white negatives (60 mm) Bobbie Hanvey Photographic Archives, John J. Burns Library, Boston College, series 10, Seamus Heaney, subseries A, original accession 2001, 1979–1999, item 7 (photograph courtesy of Bobbie Hanvey Photographic Archives, John J. Burns Library, Boston College)

The Burns Library’s  “Writing from the Irish Language Tradition” exhibition is offered as a complementary display to the Literary Lives exhibition at the McMullen Museum.   “Literary Lives” combines visual portraiture from the Crawford Art Gallery and the Abbey Theatre with paintings, rare books, manuscripts, letters, illustrations, photographs from the Bobbie Hanvey Photographic Archives and many more objects from the Burns Library. Both of these exhibitions showcase the Burns Library’s rich collections in Irish literature and history.  The McMullen Museum’s “Literary Lives” runs through December 5, 2010 and the Burns Library’s “Writing from the Irish Language Tradition” will be on display through December 2010.

  • Justine Sundaram, Reference Librarian/Bibliographer, Burns Library

About John J. Burns Library of Rare Books and Special Collections at Boston College

The University’s special collections, including the University’s Archives, are housed in the Honorable John J. Burns Library, located in the Bapst Library Building, north entrance. Burns Library staff work with students and faculty to support learning and teaching at Boston College, offering access to unique primary sources through instruction sessions, exhibits, and programming. The Burns Library also serves the research needs of external scholars, hosting researchers from around the globe interested in using the collections. The Burns Library is home to more than 200,000 volumes and over 700 manuscript collections, including holdings of music, photographic materials, art and artifacts, and ephemera. Though its collections cover virtually the entire spectrum of human knowledge, the Burns Library has achieved international recognition in several specific areas of research, most notably: Irish studies; British Catholic authors; Jesuitica; Fine printing; Catholic liturgy and life in America, 1925-1975; Boston history; the Caribbean, especially Jamaica; Nursing; and Congressional archives.
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