Sunday, April 12, 2009

Seamus Heaney at 70

Tomorrow is Seamus Heaney's 70th birthday, and our national broadcaster is really doing him proud. RTE have a superb microsite called 'Heaney at 70' here, and there's plenty of interesting material, and news of a wide array of events, including readings, television programmes, archive interviews, music and more, including Peter Sirr's essay 'In Step With What Escaped Me' (an introduction to the CD set of eleven books, which we'll be getting for the Library). At the bottom of this post is the flier, as seen on Issuu (click for a larger view, and scroll through the pages), Throughout the day RTE Radio 1 on longwave 252 will be broadcasting the entire collection, as read by the poet himself.

So congratulations to RTE on a magnificent effort to mark this occasion, and of course birthday congratulations to the magnificent poet himself. (The Irish Times special tribute is here, including an article by our friend Niall MacMonagle from Wesley College on Heaney in the classroom)

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