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  1. Seamus Heaney reads from his translations at opening of International Society of Anglo-Saxonists Conference

    Nobel prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney, who has had a long and profound engagement with the literature of medieval England and Ireland, read a selection of his translations at the recent opening of the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists Biennial Conference.

    Beginning with extracts from his version of Beowulf, Heaney read a selection of his translations of Old English and Medieval Irish poetry as well as poems on medieval topics.

    Seamus Heaney was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995.

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  2. Heaney Poetry Lectures

    Seamus Heaney “in conversation” with Michael Laskey, fellow poet and co-founder of the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival. This is an edited version of an interview recorded live at the Poetry Prom 2010 organised by The Poetry Trust. Enjoy more podcasts on The Poetry Channel

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  3. A History of the World in 100 Objects: Sutton Hoo helmet

    Helmet found in the grave of an Anglo-Saxon warrior king. Neil McGregor, Director of the British Museum, travels to East Anglia to describe the sensational burial discovery that has been hailed as a "British Tutankhamen". He looks at the helmet, the world it inhabited and the imagination it has inspired. The poet Seamus Heaney reflects on it in the context of the great Anglo-Saxon epic poem, Beowulf, and archaeologist Angus Wainwright describes the discovery of the great grave ship where the helmet was found.

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  4. Driving Bill Drummond Seriously…

    Bill Drummond is driving to every county in Ireland in five days. But what’s driving Bill?

    Bill Drummond is many things. As well as an artist, a writer and former pop-star - he’s the owner of an old curfew tower in Northern Ireland which he runs as an artists’ residency. Last year some poets from Belfast’s Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry stayed there and Bill published their collected work in a little black book called The Curfew Tower is Many Things.

    Except for a poem the award-winning Belfast poet Stephen Sexton wrote. Apparently that one went missing. So Bill has left two pages blank in the book for Stephen to fill in with poetry as they drive through all of Ireland’s 32 counties in 5 days in a white Ford Transit hire-van, giving out copies as they go.

    But what exactly is driving Bill Drummond?

    Producer Conor Garrett is there to find out. As they cross the Irish border and over each county boundary, Conor is becoming increasingly concerned he may not have a good enough story for his radio programme. It’s a problem further complicated by the fact Bill won’t talk about his chart-topping ’90s pop band who once famously set fire to a very large pile of their own cash. Then, when a narrative arc does eventually develop, Conor can’t be sure how authentic it is. And what’s all this stuff about eels?

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