30 April 2008

Seamus Heaney: Bogging In Again - Airs May 12

I don't care what month it is. Poetry doesn't get enough attention. So on May 12 we bring you an entire half-hour dedicated to the Irish poet Seamus Heaney, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995. According to Radio Netherlands, "his lines have been quoted by world leaders, his new translation of Beowulf: A New Verse Translation has become a best-seller and he has praised rapper Eminem for encouraging interest in poetry among young people."

In his latest collection, District and Circle, Heaney returns to some of the darkest images of his work in the 1970s ... when the violence in Northern Ireland was still his main preoccupation.

Listen to Seamus Heaney: Bogging In Again (produced by Radio Netherlands) at 7 p.m. on May 12 on The Listening Lounge.

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