London: Pictorial Charts Educational Trust in association with The Poetry Society and The Royal Festival Hall, circa 1995. Josephine Sumner. First Thus. no binding. Illustrated poetry broadside/poster; approx. 19 1/2 x 13 3/4 inches. Published by Pictorial Charts Educational Trust which still produces classroom materials for teachers. According to the artist Josephine Sumner, she was commissioned in September 1995 by Legend Design, also of Bristol, to do a series of illustrations for school posters. There were eight posters produced in the "Forms of Poetry" series, this being one of them, the artist using scraperboard to create the images. Heaney bibliographers Brandes & Durkan list the first separate edition of "Digging", published by the Northern Ireland Department of the Environment, as published in 1996 (B&D AA49). Whether or not this London poster precedes, it was certainly printed in the same or prior year; the copyright is 1995. At any rate this printing of one of the poet's most popular poems is quite scarce, none listed separately on WorldCat, although two institutions hold the set of eight (one in the US - Kutztown; one at Oxford) with a date of 1995; several poster/broadside printings have been done subsequently. Folded for mailing, lightly creased; about very good. Very good -. Item #16252
Heaney named a Nobel Laureate in 1995, had deep connections to the Royal Festival Hall. He was there for the opening of the Poetry Library when it relocated to the Hall, and a memorable memorial was held for him after his death. Published by Pictorial Charts Educational Trust which produces classroom materials in association with The Poetry Society and The Royal Festival Hall.