'We Have No Prairies'

EXHIBITION : SEAMUS HEANEY

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Heaney recalls exactly when the phrase  'no prairies' came to him.

  • Title
    Reading the Future: Poet Seamus Heaney
  • 1st Broadcast
    16/12/2000
  • Contributor
    Mike 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.

  • Information

    ‘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
  • 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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