Monday, April 17, 2006

Heaney and the Lost Scarf


I'll blog more on this later (I'm crouched in a painfully hipsterish coffee shop at the moment...the broadband in our apartment has been temporarily banjaxed, apparently due to the unfortunate proximity of leaky radiator plus modem...) but I spent the weekend reading, among other things, Seamus Heaney's new collection District and Circle. For now, here's a link to a great personal perspective on Heaney on Shitty First Draft (what a name! and what a misnomer...). SFD links to Marie-Louise Muir's account of her meeting with Heaney a fortnight ago.Iit was for Muir, as well as a chance to discuss the new collection, a marker of the 40th anniversary of Death of a Naturalist. The article is published in the Belfast Telegraph

Often the stories behind interviews with writers come across just as interestingly as, or indeed more interestingly than, the interviews themselves. I don't know if this is true in this case, but I'll soon find out: SFD's encounter with Heaney will be broadcast on BBC Radio Ulster's Arts Extra this evening, Monday, April 17 at 6.05pm.

10 comments:

CyberScribe said...

I have to correct you , it was Marie-Louise Muir I'd copied the story from http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/features/story.jsp?story=687055

Cybezz said...

also... Is it a coincidence that both Samuel Beckett and Seamus Heaney were both born on April 13th?

hesitant hack said...

thanks cyberscribe...credit where it's due. I'll change the post when I get a minute.

Miglior acque said...

I'm listening to the Arts Extra interview now. I read the District and Circle on Easter Sunday morning with the sun shining in the window in Dublin. It's an extraordinary collection I think. Very deeply thought with echoes of his entire oeuvre, like he's beginning to draw threads together that have been separated up to now.
Heaney is talking about the delight of seeing his first collection in print. How he sat waiting for his wife to come home from school to show her. God, I can only just imagine. Gorgeous.

Anonymous said...

Your site is on top of my favourites - Great work I like it.
»

Anonymous said...

Hey what a great site keep up the work its excellent.
»

Anonymous said...

Hmm I love the idea behind this website, very unique.
»

Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed looking at your site, I found it very helpful indeed, keep up the good work.
»

Anonymous said...

Really amazing! Useful information. All the best.
»

Anonymous said...

This site is one of the best I have ever seen, wish I had one like this.
»