Seamus Heaney was fascinated by boglands throughout his life. For centuries, bogs have been places to hide or discard things. But the bog also serves as a receptacle and a repository for the past.
The accompanying image shows turf stacked on a peat bog in the Wicklow mountains in 1972. The photographer was Tom Holton. © RTÉ Archives 2205/021
Heaney explains how the bog is part of the environment he was born into.
Heaney explains his fascination with bogs.
Heaney recalls exactly when the phrase 'no prairies' came to him.
Eavan Boland suggests that Heaney is in danger of artistic repetition in the bog poems.
Heaney reflects on the continuing significance of the bogs in Irish society.
Heaney shares an early memory of visiting the bog with his great-uncle.