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Seamus Heaney and the music of what happens

A portrait of Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney. Six years after his death, his family recalls the experiences that inspired his finest poems.

Born into a farming family in rural Northern Ireland, Seamus Heaney became the finest poet of his generation and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995, but his career coincided with one of the bloodiest political upheavals of the 20th century, the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

Six years after Heaney’s death in 2013, his wife Marie and his children talk about their family life and read some of the poems he wrote for them, and for the first time his four brothers remember their childhood and the shared experiences that inspired many of his finest poems.

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1 hour, 27 minutes


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Role Contributor
Director Adam Low
Producer Martin Rosenbaum
Executive Producer Michael Hewitt
Producer Dermot Lavery