Entrapment, Excitement and Renewal

EXHIBITION : SEAMUS HEANEY

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More than 20 years later, Heaney looks back on his decision to leave Belfast and recalls the political conditions of the time.

  • Title
    My Education: Seamus Heaney
  • 1st Broadcast
    18/04/1996
  • Contributor
    John Quinn (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:04:45
  • Material Type
    Audio
  • Series title
    My Education
  • Clip title
    Entrapment, Excitement and Renewal
  • Extended description

    Heaney talks again about his decision to leave Belfast for Wicklow in the early 1970s in a radio interview recorded over 20 years later. He says he did not leave Belfast because of the political conditions but because he needed to find himself as a writer. As a young Catholic lecturer, he was often called upon to give media interviews. Much of what he felt about developments in Northern Ireland is captured in the poem 'Whatever You Say, Say Nothing,' which he reads from here.

  • Information

    The accompanying image is a view of the Sugarloaf Mountain, from the Glen of the Downs in Co. Wicklow. The photographer was John Rowe. © RTÉ Archives 2309/015

  • Local keywords
    Seamus Heaney, Poet, Poetry, Literature, Education, Belfast, Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland, The Troubles, Whatever You Say Say Nothing, John Quinn
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Arts and Culture
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ Radio One
  • Production year
    1996
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    AA6494
  • 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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