The Seamus Heaney Library
The Bloomsbury Hotel has named its historic library after Seamus
Heaney, the highly respected Irish poet, writer and lecturer, who
has been visiting the hotel for nearly ten years.
The newly named Seamus Heaney Library was unveiled by the man
himself in July 2011.
The Library exudes its own unique literary history, that remains
largely unchanged from the YWCA days, when the neo-Georgian listed
building was originally designed and built for their headquarters
by Sir Edwin Lutyens. Hundreds of books line the walls, many from
the 1930’s onwards and the hotel is updating the library with even
more classics from the 20th century. The collection will be further
expanded courtesy of Seamus who is donating some of his
translations, alongside a selection of his books including
Death of a Naturalist and Open Ground.
The Bloomsbury Hotel is the main sponsor of the Royal Society of
Literature and with its 'Bloomsbury Set' literary connections, it
seems only right to honour Seamus Heaney by naming the Library