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. The film, which has been commissioned by BBC Arts and produced by DoubleBand Films and Lone Star Productions, will be released in autumn 2019 and aired on BBC2.
This is the first major documentary about Seamus Heaney since Charlie McCarthy’s award-winning Out of the Marvellous, which was made to celebrate Heaney’s 70th birthday, ten years ago. While Out of the Marvellous featured interviews with the poet himself and followed him on various trips, this new film considers on the full arc of his life, his relationships with family and fellow writers, and on the poems themselves. With personal contributions from Heaney’s wife Marie, his children and siblings, among others, it promises to offer insights on the people and places that shaped him, and a fresh perspective on his life and work in what would have been the year of his 80th birthday.
We’ll be sharing more information in the coming months about release dates - and maybe even a trailer! Follow us on Twitter for updates.
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