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Lisa Flanagan is Visitor Experience Manager at ‘Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again’, a National Library of Ireland exhibition based in the Bank of Ireland Cultural and Heritage Centre, Westmoreland Street, Dublin 2, Ireland. This exhibition tells the story of Seamus Heaney’s life and poetry through the archive of drafts, letters, and notebooks he and his family donated to the National Library of Ireland in 2011. It opened in 2018 and is a partnership between the National Library of Ireland, the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and Bank of Ireland.
Lisa has a Masters in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester. Her undergraduate degree is in English Literature and History of Art and Architecture from Trinity College Dublin. Before joining the National Library of Ireland in 2019, she worked with the National Museum of Ireland and the National Gallery of Ireland developing and delivering tours, workshops and resources for a variety of audiences.
‘Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again’
This talk will highlight how ‘Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again’, an exhibition based around the literary archive of Nobel Prize laureate, Seamus Heaney, has adapted on-site visits for online engagement. Online events include virtual tours and poetry workshops for the public and schools, reaching attendees from 38 countries. Throughout this talk your attention will be drawn to the accessibility considerations involved in using these platforms, for example, providing Irish Sign Language interpretation and captioning for D/deaf and Hard of Hearing attendees. The benefits and challenges of utilising YouTube and Soundcloud to upload pre-recorded materials will also be examined.