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In the final Poetry Programme of 2021 presenter Olivia O'Leary visits the Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again exhibition in the company of Marie Heaney.
In December 2011, Seamus Heaney and his family donated his writer’s archive to the National Library of Ireland, which visitors can visit – for free - at the Bank of Ireland Cultural and Heritage Centre on Westmoreland Street.
As Olivia and Marie view some of the photographs, letters and other documents in the exhibition, they talk about Seamus Heaney’s life and poetry, and we hear archive recordings of the poet himself reading a selection on poems: Digging (extract), Mid-term Break (extract), When all the others were away at Mass, Exposure, Punishment, A Kite for Michael and Christopher, The Skunk.
Seamus Heaney’s poetry is used with permission of publishers Faber & Faber.
A Rockfinch production for RTÉ.