Poetry That Stirs the Soul


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A Harvard student and Heaney himself discuss his creative writing workshops.

  • Title
    Heaney in Harvard
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  • Contributor
    Proinsias Ó Conluain (Presenter)
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  • Series title
    The Arts
  • Clip title
    Poetry That Stirs the Soul
  • Extended description

    A Harvard student tells Proinsias Ó Conluain what it is like to attend Heaney's creative writing workshops. The poet doesn't regard a workshop as an appropriate place to discuss his own work, but gives public readings around the university. Because it is frustrating to write on your own, it is good to have someone to talk to about it.

    Heaney himself says that it is hard to know what a workshop should be, but he tries to do things he would not do in a regular class.

  • Information

    ‘Heaney in Harvard’ was a special edition of ‘The Arts’. It was one of a number of programmes made by Proinsias Ó Conluain in America in 1979.

    ‘The Arts’ was an RTÉ radio series about poetry, music and literature. The first programme was broadcast on 7 February 1973 and featured poet John Montague introduced by Liam Miller. Other presenters included the poet Eavan Boland, who won a Jacob’s award in 1976 for her work on the show.

    The accompanying image shows UCD students in a classroom at Albert College, Glasnevin c.1969. © RTÉ Archives 2615/019 

  • Local keywords
    Seamus Heaney, Poet, Poetry, Literature, Education, Academia, Creative writing, United States, America, Harvard University, Proinsias Ó Conluain
  • Geographical coverage
  • 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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  • Language used
    English (eng)