"A Reading Is Necessarily Some Kind of Theatrical Occasion"

EXHIBITION : SEAMUS HEANEY

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Heaney discusses reading to an audience.

  • Title
    Giving Public Readings
  • 1st Broadcast
    09/10/1979
  • Contributor
    Donncha Ó Dúlaing (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:04:09
  • Material Type
    Audio
  • Series title
    Highways and Byways
  • Clip title
    "A Reading Is Necessarily Some Kind of Theatrical Occasion"
  • Extended description

    Seamus Heaney's public readings have long been popular with his readers. Here prior to the publication of 'Field Work', Heaney discusses reading to an audience with Donncha Ó Dúlaing. He says there is a difference between writing and reading, and it doesn't work with all poetry, "a reading is necessarily some kind of theatrical occasion". He talks about the development of the work and life of a poet and wanting to "connect with something wider than just the aesthetic".

  • Information

    ‘Highways and Byways’ was an afternoon magazine programme, broadcast four days a week on radio. It was presented by Donncha Ó Dúlaing, who travelled all over Ireland to interview people about their lives. It was first broadcast on 3 November 1975 and ended in July 1982.

    The accompanying image of Seamus Heaney appeared on p.75 of the RTÉ Guide on 8 December 1995.

  • Local keywords
    Seamus Heaney, Poet, Poetry, Literature, Reading, Field Work, Donncha Ó Dúlaing
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Arts and Culture
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ Radio One
  • Production year
    1979
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    AA2243
  • 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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