Alphabets poem pendant to raise funds for Irish Writers’ Centre.

Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney has lent his prose to Irish jeweller Alan Ardiff to create a pendant that will raise money for the Irish Writers’ Centre.

The silver pendant, with 18ct gold detailing, takes inspiration from Heaney’s poem Alphabets, which was published in 1987 as part of The Haw Lantern.


Ardiff is known for creating jewellery that moves, such as pendant with a spinning butterfly and a heart-shaped locked that can be changed to read open or closed. The Alphabets pendant also embraces this aesthetic and an inner disc spins round to reveal “The letters of this alphabet were trees”, a line from Heaney’s poem.

The pendant, which measures 3.5cm in diameter and is strung on a silver chain, is on sale at for €700 (£560) and all profits will go to the Irish Writers’ Centre.