02: Formative Years

Memory and place are prominent in the work of Seamus Heaney.

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.