21st Century Heaney

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21st Century Heaney

Heaney also tapped into an air of threat that seemed to greet the world in the new century. 'Anything Can Happen', a translation from Horace, juxtaposes an ancient terror with the tragedy of the Twin Towers. While the title poem, a meditation on travelling on the London Underground, is also a reminder of the bombings in that city.

2008 saw the publication of 'Stepping Stones: Interviews with Seamus Heaney' by fellow poet Dennis O'Driscoll. On agreeing to do the book, Heaney commented that "the time had come to make a record". The following year Heaney was awarded the David Cohen Prize for Literature just before his 70th birthday, a prestigious award for a lifetime's achievement.

The accompanying image shows Andrew Motion presenting Seamus Heaney with the David Cohen Prize. © RTÉ Archives 3031/015

21st Century Heaney

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