On leaving university, Heaney got to know Irish literature and other writers.

On leaving university Heaney won a book token, which he used to buy books by Irish writers. He explains to John Quinn that at Queen's they were taught by English people and he was not familiar with Irish literature. So he read Louis MacNeice, John Millington Synge and Oscar Wilde. He also got to know other Irish writers through the Group set up by Philip Hobsbaum. Michael and Edna Longley and Derek Mahon introduced him to the literary styles of Dublin. Heaney began to publish his own work at this time.