Seamus Heaney: A Sense of Ireland

Seamus Heaney: A Sense of Ireland

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Location

Belfast

Year

1980

Source

Digitised as part of the BFI's Unlocking Film Heritage project

Format

16mm

colour

Length

06min 17sec

Silent

sound

Courtesy

BFI, UTV

Rights Holder

UTV

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Description

Seamus Heaney on how writers help give a nation its sense of self. A Sense of Ireland was a major festival of Irish culture held in London in 1980. Amongst those appearing in its inaugural year was the poet Seamus Heaney. He recites his translation of the traditional poem 'Sweeney Praises The Trees'. Interviewed by Gloria Hunniford he considers the role of the writer in shaping national identity and ponders how the English public will respond to this exhibition of Irish culture.

Credits

This material is courtesy of the UTV archive. It features an interview with Seamus Heaney by Gloria Hunniford.

Digitised as part of Unlocking Film Heritage.

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