Seamus Heaney, Poet

Seamus Heaney grew up as part of the Catholic minority in Northern Ireland but was always cautious about taking sides in his poetry. Now aged 70, he tells Lawrence Pollard how difficult it was to negotiate a path. He describes how ideas for poems can come to him at any moment and how he always returns in his thoughts to the farmhouse of his childhood called Mossbawn.

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Mon 18 Jan 2010 04:32 GMT

BBC World Service Archive

BBC World Service Archive

This programme was restored as part of the World Service archive project