In 1970 Seamus Heaney was offered a one-year position as visiting lecturer at the Berkeley campus of the University of California. He took his family with him and began a long-lasting relationship with America. From 1981, Heaney spent part of every year teaching at Harvard University and was appointed to one of its most prestigious offices, Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory.
The accompanying image shows Boston State House in 1988. © RTÉ Archives 0823/015
Heaney talks about his year teaching in Berkeley, California in 1970.
Heaney shares his first impressions of Harvard University.
A Harvard student and Heaney himself discuss his creative writing workshops.