Seamus Heaney was born on the family farm Mossbawn in Derry in Northern Ireland on 13 April 1939 and his early experiences there fed into his poetry. In the following clips from a variety of interviews, Heaney talks about his childhood, home, school and his awareness of growing up in a community of two traditions.
Seamus Heaney recalls his earliest childhood memories and a young boy's fascination with the place names on the radio dial.
Heaney describes the geographical boundaries of his home place and talks about his parents.
Heaney talks about his mother and her generation of religious faith.
Fairy tales, new copy books and learning to write are all stong memories for Heaney from his early school days.
As a child, Heaney read adventure stories and comics but was taught to write in a formal, conventional style.
Heaney describes what it was like to grow up in a mixed community.
Heaney recalls his days at St Columb's College in Derry.