In this special tribute, poet Michael Longley, novelist Glenn Patterson and critic Patricia Craig talk passionately about their love of his work and his iconic importance as a writer between Yeats and the Ulster Renaissance since the 1960s. Listen here.
We have also been paying tribute to the Belfast born poet by asking contemporary poets to read their favourite MacNeice poem.
Listen again to Michael Longley, who has edited MacNeice's Selected Poems, and who has just been elected Ireland Chair of Poetry at Queen's University, Belfast. Listen here.
Listen again to the thoughts of poet Paul Muldoon. Listen here.
Listen again to poet Leontia Flynn. Leontia was born in County Down in 1974. Her first collection, These Days won the Forward Poetry Prize for Best Collection of the Year in 2004, and was shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Award. In the same year, she was named as one of the Poetry Book Society's 'Next Generation' poets. Listen here.
Listen again to the legendary Australian writer, broadcaster and raconteur Clive James and how he became interested in MacNeice. Listen here.