Heaney talks about the purpose of poetry and art in our society.
- Title Reading the Future: Poet Seamus Heaney
- 1st Broadcast 16/12/2000
- ContributorMike 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.
‘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
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- Item type part/extract
- Item sound Mono
- Language used English (eng)
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