27 November 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Veronica Corr

The newly-renovated Patrick Kavanagh Centre in Inniskeen Village this week found itself in the European spotlight for all the right reasons, having won a Heritage in Motion award for the centrepiece of the exhibition ‘The Pincer Jaws of Heaven’. The centre re-opened in July this year, following a €1 million restoration, and tells the story of one of the best-loved poets of the 20th century, though an immersive, multimedia experience.

‘The Pincer Jaws of Heaven’, was designed to “envelop visitors with a cinematic flying journey”, and connect them with the raw power of Kavanagh’s words, and the landscapes that inspired them; key works are read by Kavanagh, plus an eclectic selection of local friends and fellow poets. Winning this award is very prestigious indeed as the awards themselves celebrate the best examples of innovative multimedia and digital projects in cultural heritage throughout Europe.

Following the great news of the centre’s win, The Northern Standard spoke to Mark Leslie from the design firm, Martello Media, who worked on the project, in association with MakeDot. Incidentally, Mark’s son Luke Leslie (Creative Director of Buckled Cranium) directed ‘The Pincer Jaws of Heaven.’ Speaking about the wider Patrick Kavanagh Centre project, Mark told this reporter: “As a proud Monaghan man with a few literary connections of my own, I’m absolutely thrilled to be able to do something….

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