Seamus Heaney

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Michael Smiley’s teenage obsessions: ‘I heard the Beat and came back to Belfast a rude boy’
The comedian and actor on dancing with his mother to Ray Charles, the power of Seamus Heaney’s poetry and how Richard Pryor showed him his future

As told to Tom Seymour

19, Aug, 2021 @1:09 PM

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'Treasure trove' of unseen Ted Hughes and Seamus Heaney writing found
Affectionate friendship between the two poets and artist Barrie Cooke, united by a love of fishing, revealed in a collection of correspondence that was believed lost

Alison Flood

14, Nov, 2020 @3:47 PM

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Joe Biden's love for Seamus Heaney is evidence of a soul you can trust | Jonathan Jones
The president-elect has often quoted Heaney’s poetry, with his reading of The Cure at Troy going viral after his election victory

Jonathan Jones

09, Nov, 2020 @2:24 PM

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Joe Biden picks Seamus Heaney to add to his appeal
Presidential frontrunner quotes Irish wordsmith in his nomination acceptance speech

Edward Helmore

23, Aug, 2020 @7:06 AM

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Derry theatre remembers lives lost to the Troubles and Covid-19
A socially distanced audience will sit among objects recalling Northern Ireland’s prolonged conflict and the pandemic in a piece about mourning

Chris Wiegand

09, Aug, 2020 @11:01 PM

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To err is human – even for the greatest poets
For centuries, critics have tried to disguise mistakes in verse as intentional literary licence. An Oxford academic begs to differ

Dalya Alberge

30, May, 2020 @12:05 PM

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Seamus Heaney and the Music of What Happens review – this stirring tribute is poetry in motion
With insight from those closest to him, this moving film celebrates the great poet’s life and extraordinary works

Rebecca Nicholson

30, Nov, 2019 @11:15 PM

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TV tonight: the tender, touching poetry of Seamus Heaney
A new film situates Heaney’s work in his life, featuring readings from the writer himself and his family. Plus: the X Factor Celebrity winner is crowned. Here’s what to watch this evening

Ammar Kalia, Hannah Verdier, Phil Harrison, Ali Catterall and Paul Howlett

30, Nov, 2019 @6:20 AM

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A local's guide to Dublin: literature hotspots and places to visit
With the opening of an interactive Irish literature museum, Dublin is revelling in its cultural heritage, but the city’s wealth extends to cuisine, antiquity and, of course, pubs

Colin O'Brien

30, Sep, 2019 @5:31 AM

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Seamus Heaney’s words heal wounds reopened on Ireland’s border
Celebrations of the 80th anniversary of the late poet’s birth are helping to defuse old tensions aggravated by Brexit

Rory Carroll in Bellaghy

14, Apr, 2019 @7:59 AM

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Country diary: ground that is very nearly not
Brown Moss, Shropshire: This quaking bog is a darkly miraculous hole filled with the undead

Paul Evans

27, Feb, 2019 @5:30 AM

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Sophocles’ stories are ours as well | Letters
Letters: Ancient tales ‘go to the dark core of human experience’, writes Harry Eyres


17, Jul, 2018 @4:42 PM

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