Heaney talks about his mother and her generation of religious faith.

Seamus Heaney, who was one of nine children, talks about his mother and a generation of women who had great religious faith. For these women, the church was also an important point of social contact. The poet recalls a moment of stillness at home as he peeled potatoes on a Sunday morning with his mother, a scene recorded in a sonnet from 'Clearances 3', which he reads here.