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A tribute to Seamus Heaney

A tribute to Seamus Heaney
Today we pay tribute to the Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney, whose life and work are being celebrated in a new BBC Radio 4 series Four Sides of Seamus Heaney, on the tenth anniversary of his death.
A tribute to Seamus Heaney

'Works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth'

Seamus HEANEY. Eleven Poems. Belfast1965.


Heaney's rare first published work, with the notice for his ‘first book of poems, Death of a Naturalist’ which was to be published in Spring 1966.

Seamus HEANEY. Door Into the Dark. London, 1969.


An exceptionally attractive copy of Seamus Heaney’s second major collection of poetry.

Seamus HEANEY. North. London, 1975.  


One of the poet’s major achievements, this copy inscribed by Heaney. 

Seamus HEANEY. New Selected Poems 1966 - 1987. New York, 1990.


First US edition. One of 200 specially bound and numbered copies, signed by the author.

Seamus HEANEY; Hughie O’DONOGHUE (artist); Sebastian CARTER (designer). The Testament of Cresseid. Cambridge, 2004.  


A faithful rendering of a 15th-century poem originally composed in the Scots language by Henryson, here given fresh new life by Seamus Heaney.

Seamus HEANEY. Spelling it Out: in honour of Brian Friel on his 80th birthday. Loughcrew, 


A touching and eloquent tribute to his dear friend Brian Friel. Published on Friel's 80th birthday, this charming volume reflects the camaraderie between two great literary minds. 

Tune In

BBC Radio 4 is marking this anniversary with a series of four programmes, each focusing on a different aspect of Heaney's work, each with a different presenter with personal knowledge of the poet.

Click here to listen now.

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