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. The original fables were the work of Scottish poet Robert Henryson and, admiring the inventiveness and delicate humour in Henryson’s writing, Heaney set about translating them with the hope of bringing the work to a new audience. They were published in 2009 as The Testament of Cresseid & Seven Fables.
When approached a couple of years later with the idea of adapting these charming tales into animations, Heaney had the idea to approach the actor and comedian Billy Connolly to narrate the films. Connolly agreed and the result was a series of five short films – The Five Fables – made by Belfast-based animators Flickerpix and first broadcast on the BBC on the 13th March 2014, five years ago today. The animations are introduced by Heaney himself, who sadly did not live to see them completed, but who would have been gladdened to see them brought to life for a new generation.
In a new history of the firm founded by his grandfather, Toby Faber delves into the Faber archives to tell the inside story of this great publishing house. Here, the legendary poetry editor Charles Monteith writes to a young Seamus Heaney, while a few years later, Heaney himself directs Monteith towards an aspiring poet by the name of Muldoon…
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