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.
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…
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.