A great man has passed by and left his mark.
I will always remember going to an evening with Seamus Heaney in Glasgow 12 years ago. His spirit filled the hall floating on the poetry he recited. Not always easy poetry but based on experience and validated by struggle. The importance of tradition and having come from somewhere distinct, in his case Northern Ireland, was evident, but tempered by an enormous depth of humanity and understanding. A Nobel Prize and his numerous academic distinctions did not change him.