Books, Comics and Writing Proper Compositions


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As a child, Heaney read adventure stories and comics but was taught to write in a formal,  conventional style.

  • Title
    I Remember, I Remember: Seamus Heaney
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  • Contributor
    John Quinn (Presenter)
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  • Series title
    I Remember, I Remember
  • Clip title
    Books, Comics and Writing Proper Compositions
  • Extended description

    As a child, Heaney read books about savages and explorers from a box that served as school library. The first book he ever owned was 'Kidnapped' by Robert Louis Stevenson. Comic books played a prominent role in children's reading during the 1940s and 1950s. However, children were taught to write in a formal, conventional style that led to everyone writing in the same way. Heaney tells John Quinn that he didn't know you could tell the truth in writing until he was in his 20s.

  • Information

    ‘I Remember, I  Remember’ was a radio series in which famous people recalled their childhoods. It was presented and produced by John Quinn.  Each half-hour programme focused on the memories of one person. ‘I Remember, I Remember’ was originally designed as a summer series for the 1980 season. A second series was broadcast in the summer of 1981 and a third in December of that year.

    The accompanying image of a Dublin classroom was taken by Peter Harding in 1979. © RTÉ Archives 2284/041

  • Local keywords
    Seamus Heaney, Poet, Poetry, Literature, Childhood, Education, Comics, Adventure Stories, Robert Louis Stevenson, Kidnapped, Mossbawn, Derry, Northern Ireland, John Quinn
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  • Topic
    Arts and Culture
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  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ One
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    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Language used
    English (eng)