It’s HalloweeeeeeeeNNNN!

In 1995, Seamus Heaney won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

As a tribute, Michael Holohan set the poem ‘No Sanctuary’ from A Northern Hoard 4to music – performed here by The Lindsay Singers.

It’s my perfect Halloween song.

It’s Hallowe’en. The turnip-man’s lopped head

Blazes at us through split bottle glass

And fumes and swims up like a wrecker’s lantern.

Death mask of harvest, mocker at All Souls

With scorching smells, red dog’s eyes in the night-

We ring and stare into unhallowed light.

Seamus Heaney, North, 1975

Some five years later, I learned it in my school choir. And promptly – as is my want – forgot it’s name.

An undisclosed number of years later, in 2011, a chance encounter with a friend and fellow choir member led to a name. Finally – I could track the dratted thing down. And I blogged about it.

Every year since then, I’ve forgotten not only the name but the fact that I’ve blogged it and end up pestering my mates. But this year – I remembered. 2020…best year ever, eh…

Anyhoo, the brother called me up so I could watch the younglings trick or treat inside the house. Those lucky kids have some very generous toys (and a very quick witted and creative mom!).

And I’ve just watched the Sarah Cooper special ‘Everything’s fine’ on Netflix.

Much more surreal than I was expecting; delighted to see some of the ‘familiar’ voice overs but this absolutely wasn’t dependent upon them; the cameos were fantastic; funny but often in that ‘I laugh to not cry’ way but more than that – it’s incredibly sharp. Do watch!

I hope you have a very Happy and Quiet Halloween.


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