"Of Course There Was Absolute Delight At Being Published

EXHIBITION : SEAMUS HEANEY

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Heaney recalls literary life in Belfast and the publication of his first book.

  • Title
    Reading the Future: Poet Seamus Heaney
  • 1st Broadcast
    16/12/2000
  • Contributor
    Mike Murphy (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:03:53
  • Material Type
    Audio
  • Series title
    Reading the Future
  • Clip title
    "Of Course There Was Absolute Delight At Being Published
  • Extended description

    Heaney tells Mike Murphy about literary life in Belfast. There was very much a local scene, both at university and in the city of itself. He was also part of the Group run by Philip Hobsbaum, but that was more of a class, where poems were sent out in advance to poets who would then meet to critique them. The publication of his first collection of poetry, 'Death of a Naturalist', was a life-changing experience.

  • Information

    ‘Reading the Future’ was a 13-part radio series featuring Mike Murphy in conversation with 12 Irish writers, including Seamus Heaney, Edna O’Brien and Tom Murphy.  The first programme, an introductory discussion on Irish writing, was broadcast on 18 November 2000.  The series ended on 10 February 2001 with a William Trevor interview.

  • Local keywords
    Seamus Heaney, Poet, Poetry, Literature, Education, Belfast, Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland, The Group, Philip Hobsbaum, Death of a Naturalist, Mike Murphy
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Arts and Culture
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ Radio One
  • Production year
    2000
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    AA12276
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Language used
    English (eng)
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