After leaving St Columb's College in 1957, Seamus Heaney went to Queen's University Belfast, where he graduated with a first class honours degree. He then attended St Joseph's Teacher Training College, where he eventually became a lecturer. Heaney and a number of other young poets, including Derek Mahon and Michael Longley, met as the Belfast Group under the guidance of Philip Hobsbaum. Faber and Faber published his first collection of poetry, 'Death of a Naturalist', in 1966. The same year he was appointed lecturer at Queen's, but he left in 1972 and moved to Co. Wicklow to concentrate on his writing.
The accompanying image shows Belfast City Hall in 1969. The photographer was Peter Dorney. © RTÉ Archives 2142/012
Heaney reminisces about going to Belfast to study at Queen's University.
On leaving university, Heaney got to know Irish literature and other writers.
Heaney recalls literary life in Belfast and the publication of his first book.
Heaney describes the circumstances that led him to leave Belfast for Wicklow
More than 20 years later, Heaney looks back on his decision to leave Belfast and recalls the political conditions of the time.