Author and poet Seamus Heaney is to be guest of honour at Newham council's ceremony to commemorate local poet Gerald Manley Hopkins, who was born in Stratford 150 years ago.

A plaque will be unveiled close to his birthplace next week and Heaney will give a public reading of Hopkins' work.

Hopkins lived in Stratford until about 1851. He became a Jesuit priest and academic. His most important work, The Wreck of the Deutschland, was inspired by the loss of a steamship off the mouth of the Thames in 1875.

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