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Writers' rooms: Seamus Heaney

This is a corner of the attic room of our house in Dublin. In the down-slope of the ceiling on the other side there's a second skylight, much wider and longer and lower than the one in the picture, and through it I have a high clear view of Dublin Bay and Howth Head and the Dublin port shipping comi...
Deniz Bevan
Deniz Bevan • 2 years ago

Seamus Heaney's writing space. "This is a corner of the attic room of our house in Dublin."

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Nicola Barker: I've never had a study - never really needed one. I like to work in the middle of things, so my desk is in the far corner of my livingroom, pressed up against the kitchen cabinets. I have a beautiful view of the river but I rarely turn to look at it. I'm very focused when I work. I wear a pair of industrial earmuffs, even though I'm partially deaf and don't really need them. I love the gushing silence they provide and the pressure of them against my head.

Anne Enright: This is just a corner of the living room downstairs. There's plenty of space and I enjoy the light from the windows which look out on to my quiet front garden, and beyond to the Wicklow hills. I tend to disappear off to a more ergonomic desk once I am deep in a book and the RSI sets in, but this is where I begin, and I wrote all of Making Babies here, with the pram beside the desk.I have no set hours. I sit here, most of the time. Everything is on the computer, or in my head.

Richard Sennett -- "This is the corner of the room in which I write. I share the room with my wife, who does email and telephones in another corner. She is a very noisy presence, cursing her emails, shouting in several languages to callers from distant parts of the globe, and occasionally asking what's for supper. In my corner, silence reigns."