Whatever You Say, Say Nothing


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Heaney answers an accusation that he has side-stepped issues of the troubles in Northern Ireland

  • Title
    Changes in Northern Ireland
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  • Contributor
    Mike Murphy (Presenter)
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  • Series title
    The Arts Show
  • Clip title
    Whatever You Say, Say Nothing
  • Extended description

    Heaney answers an accusation that he has side-stepped issues of the troubles in Northern Ireland and again sets out his position. He reads from 'Whatever You Say, Say Nothing' and discusses reading 'Requiem for the Croppies' to sixth-form Protestant students. He believes that there have been many changes in Northern Ireland during his lifetime.

  • Information

    ‘The Arts Show’ was a radio arts programme presented by Mike Murphy. It was first broadcast on 13 September 1988. According to the RTÉ Guide, it was “a major commitment by RTÉ to the arts in Ireland”, with three programmes a week from Tuesday to Thursday RTÉ Radio 1. It intended to emphasise “enjoyment of the arts and celebrating the rich diversity of what is happening all over the country” (RTÉ Guide, 9 September 1988, p. 26). ‘The Arts Show’ ended when Mike Murphy retired from RTÉ. The last programme was broadcast on 2 June 2000.

    The accompanying image shows a detail from the cover of 'North' by Seamus Heaney. Image with kind permission of Faber and Faber Ltd.

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    Seamus Heaney, Poet, Poetry, Literature, Northern Ireland, Troubles, Whatever You Say, Say Nothing, Requiem for the Croppies, Mike Murphy
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  • Topic
    Arts and Culture
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  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ Radio One
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    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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    English (eng)