Fairy tales, new copy books and learning to write are all stong memories for Heaney from his early school days.

Fairy tales, new copy books and learning to write are all stong memories for Heaney from his early school days. He says his teacher Miss Walls was like a surrogate mother. Moving up to Master Murphy's room was a different experience. Because he was too young to go to boarding school when he won a scholarship, he spent an extra year with Murphy in the local school, learning algebra, Irish and Latin.