Epigraph: It was an enjoyable revel - that much I do remember about that poetry fest in Launceston in 1994, but I'm sorry I'm not up to delivering a printable piece. I should keep a diary of those times when - as P Larkin said - I go/went around 'pretending to myself' - his definition of a reading.
Sincerely, Seamus Heaney
[This is a handwritten note I received from Heaney in 2010. Heaney was a guest of the 1994 Tasmanian Poetry Festival, the year before he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. This was his response to being invited to submit a brief memoir for this article]