"A Soul Fostered Alike by Beauty and by Fear"

EXHIBITION : SEAMUS HEANEY

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An introduction to Seamus Heaney given by fellow-poet Dennis O'Driscoll in 2004.

  • Title
    Rattlebag: Seamus Heaney Public Interview
  • 1st Broadcast
    13/04/2004
  • Contributor
    Myles Dungan (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:05:23
  • Material Type
    Audio
  • Series title
    Rattlebag
  • Clip title
    "A Soul Fostered Alike by Beauty and by Fear"
  • Extended description

    The closest thing to a full-length biographical work of Heaney during his lifetime was "Stepping Stones", a collection of interviews conducted by his friend and fellow-poet Dennis O'Driscoll published in 2008. O'Driscoll died suddenly in 2012.

    This is an introduction to Heaney and his work given by O'Driscoll at a reading at the Poetry Now festival in Dun Laoghaire in 2004. O'Driscoll humorously and lyrically sums up the main themes and elements of Heaney's poetry, from the Derry farmhouse to the republic of conscience. 

  • Information

    ‘Rattlebag’ was a radio arts programme presented by Myles Dungan. It was first broadcast on 5 June 2000 and went out every weekday afternoon, with repeats at night. It ended on 29 September 2006.

    The accompanying image shows Dennis O'Driscoll on RTÉ Television's 'The Poet's Eye' in 1988. The photographer was John Rowe. © RTÉ Archives 2331/096

  • Local keywords
    Seamus Heaney, Poet, Poetry, Literature, Stepping Stones, Dennis O'Driscoll, Poetry Now, Myles Dungan
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Arts and Culture
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ Radio One
  • Production year
    2004
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    114375
  • 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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