Walking Into Uncertainty

EXHIBITION : SEAMUS HEANEY

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Heaney describes the circumstances that led him to leave Belfast for Wicklow

  • Title
    Writer in Profile: Seamus Heaney
  • 1st Broadcast
    23/08/1976
  • Contributor
    Aindréas Ó Gallchóir (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:03:10
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    Writer in Profile
  • Clip title
    Walking Into Uncertainty
  • Extended description

    Throughout his career, Seamus Heaney has often been asked about leaving Belfast in 1972. In this interview, he describes the circumstances that led to him leaving his job at Queen's University to live and write in Glenmore, Co. Wicklow. He says he is still confused about the motions he went through and had a number of options open to him. But he wanted to test himself as a writer, so "decided to walk into uncertainty".

  • Information

    ‘Writer in Profile’ was a weekly television interview with a well-known Irish writer. The series was produced by James Plunkett and mainly presented by Augustine Martin.  

  • Local keywords
    Seamus Heaney, Poet, Poetry, Literature, Belfast, Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland, Glenmore, Wicklow, Aindréas Ó Gallchóir
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Arts and Culture
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    Telefís Éireann
  • Production year
    1976
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    94D00010
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Colour
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Aspect ratio
    4:3
  • Language used
    English (eng)
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