Jennifer really gave the full context of Seamus Heaney: his personal history, the social surroundings, and his achievements. She included many of his poems and also integrated some beautiful videos of his readings and readings by others. We were all touched, some moved to tears.
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Dr. Carbery offered a very moving reflection on the life and poetry of Seamus Heaney. She read many of his poems and offered context behind the significance of the poems and what was happening with Heaney and Northern Ireland at the time. Wonderfully knowledgable and very touching seminar. Thank you!
I must admit I wasn't sure I was going to go with it, at the beginning. Then I decided to get back and try again, and I am so glad I did. Maybe it was the pace, or the lack of a visual of the poem words, but in the end, it was a delightful, insightful, and informative and personal presentation of a poet whose poems I have enjoyed for years. I felt I was meeting him all over again. Can't think of anything more delightful. Thank you, Jenny!
I am the woman, who, when watching your Dublin presentation mentioned witnessing the Viking Dig back in 1981. You brought that all back then, too.
We have a serious interest in Seamus Heaney's poetry, his prose and, indeed, his life. We have travelled from our home in Canada to South Derry several times for Heaney-themed vacations and explored the places associated with Heaney's life and art. So, when we learned of Jennifer Carbery's session with Context, we leapt at the opportunity to participate. Jennifer gave excellent comprehensive coverage to all of the basics about Seamus's life and distinguished literary career. Her careful use of photos, sound and video clips added a lively texture to the session. Jennifer also showed herself to be an astute reader of Heaney's poems with an ability to fit his subjects and themes into the fabric of his own life and the broader social realities that governed living conditions in Northern Ireland especially over the span of his life. Jennifer is an agile commentator and her enthusiasm for this subject matter enlivened her presentation, as did the occasional and welcome flashes of her sense of humour. We have participated in numerous in-person Context walking tours while abroad and, more recently, we have been enjoying mostly literary online offerings from Context. The calibre of what Context delivers to its clients is very high and Jennifer's session on Heaney still stood out. We would recommend that anyone with a serious interest in Seamus Heaney's life and literary contribution sign up for future sessions conducted by Jennifer. We thank her, and Context, for a wonderfully informative, inspired, inspiring and enjoyable session.