Are You Fiddling While Rome Burns?

EXHIBITION : SEAMUS HEANEY

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Heaney talks about the purpose of poetry and art in our society.

  • Title
    Reading the Future: Poet Seamus Heaney
  • 1st Broadcast
    16/12/2000
  • Contributor
    Mike Murphy (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:06:20
  • Material Type
    Audio
  • Series title
    Reading the Future
  • Clip title
    Are You Fiddling While Rome Burns?
  • Extended description

    In conversation with Mike Murphy, Heaney discusses issues raised in his collection of criticism 'The Government of the Tongue' about the purpose of poetry and art in our society. Coming from a farming background, art was something he wanted to justify. As a teacher, it was also a question that came up with students, who wanted to know why they were studying the likes of Shakespeare. Heaney talks about the joy of writing and the fundamental value of poetry.

  • 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 detail from the cover of 'The Government of the Tongue' by Seamus Heaney. Image with kind permission of Faber and Faber Ltd.

  • Local keywords
    Seamus Heaney, Poet, Poetry, Literature, Art, Criticism, The Government of the Tongue, William Shakespeare, 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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