Mossbawn and the Bog

EXHIBITION : SEAMUS HEANEY

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Heaney explains how the bog is part of the environment he was born into.

  • Title
    Dublin Arts Festival 1972 - Heaney
  • Production Year
    1972
  • Clip Duration
    00:04:08
  • Material Type
    Audio
  • Clip title
    Mossbawn and the Bog
  • Extended description

    While giving a reading at the Dublin Arts Festival in 1972, Heaney explains to the audience how the bog is part of the environment he was born into. He tells how the etymology of the place-name Mossbawn (his family farm) would be interpreted differently by the two traditions in Northern Ireland.

    Introducing the poem 'Bogland', he talks of the bog becoming symbolic of a consciousness that retains and observes.

  • Information

    This extract is part of a Seamus Heaney reading recorded on 5 March 1972 during the Dublin Arts Festival.

    The accompanying image shows a turf bog in Casla, Co. Galway in 1977. The photographer was Bill St Leger. © RTÉ Archives 0754/002

  • Local keywords
    Seamus Heaney, Poet, Poetry, Literature, Bogland, Bogs, Bog poems, Mossbawn, Derry, Northern Ireland
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Arts and Culture
  • First broadcast channel
    Radio Éireann
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    BB2317
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    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Language used
    English (eng)
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