Seamus Heaney, All Day

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the publication of Death of a Naturalist [a new edition has been published along with his new collection District and Circle] BBC Radio Ulster have declared today to be Heaney Day [updated link] and will be broadcasting a series of interviews and specially recorded programmes throughout the day, including an interview with Seamus Heaney. Marie-Louise Muir wrote about that interview in the Belfast Telegraph, and Cyber Scribe thoughtfully posted the full article. With luck [fingers crossed] the BBC will add links to the archived shows after broadcasting them [because their current archive is a nightmare – Ed] UpdatedIf I can, I’ll add links to the programmes here.

But while I wait for those, I’ll add a link to two recent poems from Seamus Heaney, published in A Shiver, and also included in District and Circle.

Out of Shot and Höfn


First link. Seamus Heaney and the Group – The story of the creative writing group which met every Monday evening near Queen’s University in the 1960’s, gathered together under the benign dictatorship of Philip Hobsbawn. [link now working]

Another Update

“Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Death of a Naturalist, Marie-Louise speaks to Seamus Heaney about his formative early years and the influence they had on this now famous debut collection.”

Interview available here[RealPlayer audio file – 50 minutes]

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