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!
As the Collected Poems CD box set produced by RTE in association with The Lannan Foundation is about to be re-published, Lorelei Harris who was then the Editor of Arts, Features and Drama for 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…
In 1992, Seamus Heaney and the American photographer Rachel Giese-Brown collaborated on Sweeney’s Flight, a book of Giese-Brown’s haunting photographs of the Ulster landscape paired with extracts from Heaney’s Sweeney Astray. Here, Rachel explains how the artistic partnership came about and recalls the day the book finally took shape.
This month marks the tenth anniversary of the death of David Hammond, the renowned Belfast film-maker and singer, and close friend of Seamus Heaney. We asked JOHN KELLY, writer and broadcaster – and friend to both men – to share his memories of this 'natural force masquerading as a human being'
What a week! Read and listen to some of the press coverage of the launch of ‘Listen Now Again’ in Dublin, and the publication of 100 Poems.
To celebrate publication of 100 Poems by Seamus Heaney, The Print Room theatre at The Coronet, in London's Notting Hill Gate, will host a very special reading on Tuesday 10 July, at 7pm.
With just weeks before the National Library of Ireland's Listen Now Again exhibition opens in Dublin, Michael Heaney explains why one artefact in particular means so much to him…
This month marks fifty years since a tour undertaken in May 1968 by the poets Michael Longley and Seamus Heaney and the folk singer David Hammond, as they travelled around towns in Northern Ireland presenting evenings of poetry and song.