Heaney recalls exactly when the phrase 'no prairies' came to him.
- Title Reading the Future: Poet Seamus Heaney
- 1st Broadcast 16/12/2000
- ContributorMike Murphy (Presenter)
- Clip Duration 00:04:27
- Material Type Audio
- Series title Reading the Future
- Clip title 'We Have No Prairies'
- Extended description
Heaney tells Mike Murphy exactly when the phrase 'we have no prairies' came to him. It offered a way into the poem that became 'Bogland'. He explains how the bog poems in 'North' came from his obsession with photographs of objects found in bogs and how he doesn't see them as political poems.
‘Reading the Future’ was a 13-part radio series featuring Mike Murphy in conversation with 12 Irish writers, including Seamus Heaney, Edna O’Brien and Tom Murphy. The first programme, an introductory discussion on Irish writing, was broadcast on 18 November 2000. The series ended on 10 February 2001 with a William Trevor interview.
The accompanying image shows a man cutting turf in Co. Mayo. The photographer was Bill St Leger. © RTÉ Archives 0754/007
- Local keywords Seamus Heaney, Poet, Poetry, Literature, Bogland, Bogs, Bog Poems, North, Mike Murphy
- Geographical coverage Ireland
- Topic Arts and Culture
- Publisher Broadcaster RTÉ
- First broadcast channel RTÉ Radio One
- Production year 2000
- Country of production Ireland
- Original identifier AA12276
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- Item sound Mono
- Language used English (eng)
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