Our latest Poem Of The Week, selected by The Poetry Programme, is Digging by Seamus Heaney. 

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In the week that the Seamus Heaney HomePlace opens in his home town of Bellaghy there was only one choice of poet to feature in this week’s Poem of the Week.

The Poetry Programme have selected a poem loved by many, Seamus Heaney’s ‘Digging’, from his first collection, ‘Death of a Naturalist’, published in May 1966.

The Seamus Heaney HomePlace opens on 30 September and aims to be a home for inspiration, echoing the life, literature and legacy of the world renowned poet, scholar, translator, teacher and Nobel Laureate, and to take visitors on a journey through Seamus Heaney’s life.  An interactive exhibition explores his work and the rhythm, rhyme and routine of poetry. HomePlace also features a re-creation of the poet’s Dublin study. Throughout, personal artefacts enrich the authenticity of the experience. A multi-arts and cultural programme will be centred in the building’s performance space. Find out more here.

Hear more readings by Seamus Heaney, and Michael Longley’s thoughts on the 50th anniversary of Heaney’s first collection, ‘Death of a Naturalist’, in this special episode of the Poetry Programme.