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Presented byKirsty Young

Desert Island Discs Presenter Kirsty Young

Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 19 Nov 1989

Oxford Professor of Poetry

This week's Desert Island Discs castaway is Seamus Heaney, a Catholic Ulsterman who has been acclaimed by many as the best Irish poet since Yeats. He was recently elected Oxford Professor of Poetry, and he'll be talking to Sue Lawley about his idyllic rural childhood as the eldest of nine children, his transition to university life and the sources of his poetic inspiration.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Choices

Ludwig van Beethoven

1.

Castaway's favourite

Ludwig van Beethoven

String Quartet No. 13 in B flat major, Op. 130

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

Others who chose this artist

Joe Heaney

2.

Joe Heaney

An Buinnean Bui

Performer: Joe Heaney

Others who chose this artist

David Hammond

3.

David Hammond

My Aunt Jane

Performer: David Hammond

Others who chose this artist

The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford

4.

The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford

O Lord Give Thy Holy Spirit

Performer: The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford

Others who chose this artist

Jackie MacGowran

5.

Jackie MacGowran

Malone Dies

Performer: Jackie MacGowran

Veronica McSwiney

6.

Veronica McSwiney

Nocturne No 1 in E Flat Major

Performer: Veronica McSwiney

Franz Schubert

7.

Franz Schubert

Piano Quintet in A major 'Trout'

Composer: Franz Schubert

Others who chose this artist

John McCormack

8.

John McCormack

Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms

Performer: John McCormack

Others who chose this artist

Book

Ulysses by James Joyce

Others who chose this author

Luxury item

Doc Marten boots

Others who chose a similar luxury

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