Today is Poetry Day in Ireland and to celebrate, we have delved into the archives to find this recording of Seamus Heaney talking about his first tentative steps into a writing life. In this 1996 interview with John Quinn for RTE's My Education radio programme, he discusses early influences, the discovery of Irish writers like Kavanagh and Synge, sharing work with his contemporaries in The Group, and publication of his first poems. Take five minutes and have a listen!
Seamus Heaney was born on 13 April 1939 – tomorrow would have been his 80th birthday.
For the past six months, filming has been taking place - from Bellaghy to Boston to Dublin - for a new feature-length documentary about the life and work of Seamus Heaney, provisionally titled Seamus Heaney: The Music of What Happens.
One of the last projects Seamus Heaney ever collaborated on was adapting his translations of a series of 15th-century animal fables into a series of short animated films.
Forty years after its first publication in 1979, Seamus Heaney’s fifth collection, Field Work, is considered afresh by his friend and fellow poet Bernard O’Donoghue
Throughout 2019, the year that would have marked Seamus Heaney’s 80th birthday, poet and translator Marco Sonzogni will celebrate Heaney’s work with a series of pieces based on the sounds in his poetry. Here, he starts at the beginning, with ‘Death of a Naturalist’, the title poem of the first collection, and a memory of his own.
As the Collected Poems CD box set produced by RTE in association with The Lannan Foundation is about to be re-published, Lorelei Harris, then at RTE Radio 1 and the executive producer of the box set, looks back at how it came to be.
After months of preparation, 21 regional heats, and the speaking of hundreds of poems across the country, the finals of Poetry Aloud will take place in Dublin this Friday, 7 December. Niall MacMonagle charts the history of the prize and Seamus Heaney’s own connection to it
DCU honours Heaney the teacher with the naming of a new lecture theatre, and accompanying portrait, in its St. Patrick’s campus
As Seamus Heaney HomePlace celebrates its second anniversary this weekend, we asked the team behind HomePlace to share their thoughts on the journey so far…