Heaney discusses reading to an audience.

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".