Seamus Heaney was one of the world’s best known poets. His work encompassed literary criticism and translation and he held prestigious teaching positions in the UK and the USA. His poetry is uniquely popular, creating, in the words of the Nobel Academy, “works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth, which exalt everyday miracles and the living past.”
Throughout his career, Seamus Heaney has appeared on RTÉ radio and television to talk about his work and his life and to read his poetry. Heaney first appeared on RTÉ on ‘The Late Late Show’ in the 1960s when he read ‘Mid-Term Break’. In the following years, Heaney presented a number of book and poetry programmes on radio and television as well as giving numerous interviews during his career.
Presented here is a look at the life and work of Seamus Heaney through his own words. (36 radio clips and 22 television clips)