"It Was the Most Important Year of My Life, Maybe"

EXHIBITION : SEAMUS HEANEY

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Heaney talks about his year teaching in Berkeley, California in 1970.

  • Title
    My Education: Seamus Heaney
  • 1st Broadcast
    18/04/1996
  • Contributor
    John Quinn (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:04:42
  • Material Type
    Audio
  • Series title
    My Education
  • Clip title
    "It Was the Most Important Year of My Life, Maybe"
  • Extended description

    Heaney talks to John Quinn about his year teaching in Berkeley, California in 1970, which had a huge effect on his life and work. He had never lived outside Ireland before and here he was in America, experiencing the beat movement and anti-Vietnam War protests. He also met the writer and academic Tom Flanagan and had a reorientation towards Ireland.

  • Information

    ‘My Education’ was a 1990s radio series in which famous people recalled their education. It was presented and produced by John Quinn.  Each half-hour programme focused on the memories of one person, who described “all the influences – family, school, books, events, places – that have contributed to his or her ‘education’” (RTÉ Guide, 31 May 1991, p. 4). ‘My Education was originally designed as a summer series and first broadcast on 6 June 1991.

    The accompanying image shows Seamus Heaney in 1983. © RTÉ Archives 2000/016

  • Local keywords
    Seamus Heaney, Poet, Poetry, Literature, Education, Academia, United States, America, Berkeley, University of California, 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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