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The Seamus Heaney Page
Although last updated in February 2000, this site still has extensive links to useful websites.

Seamus Heaney, Irish Poet
An extensive biography and bibliography is available in this detailed and well-organised website.

Seamus Heaney Websites
A Portal created by "People Who Like Seamus Heaney Sites" on the StumbleUpon site.

Seamus Heaney on the Literary History Site
A selective bibliography of open access articles on Seamus Heaney, favoring signed articles by recognized scholars, articles published in reviewed sources, and web sites that adhere to the MLA Guidelines for Authors of Web Sites.

The Seamus Heaney Portal

A virtual reading room on the Irish poet created by Canadian poet, Irena Aligizakis.


Wikipedia: Seamus Heaney Biography
A detailed up-to-date biography.

Nobel Prize: Seamus Heaney Biography
This biography was written at the time of the Nobel Prize Award (1995) and later published in the book series: Les Prix Nobel/Nobel Lectures.

Biography: Seamus Heaney
A useful detailed biography on the Internet Poetry Archive.

Biography: Seamus Heaney
A useful detailed biography on Seamus Heaney, Irish Poet site.

Seamus Heaney: Biography and Bibliography
A brief biography and bibliography on the Books and Writers site.

Seamus Heaney: Biography
A very brief biography on the Dia Art Foundation site.

Seamus Heaney: Biography
Another brief biography, this time on the American Poets.Org site.


Four Interviews on the BBC
Seamus Heaney interviewed in 1988 and 1998.

Poetic giant with his feet on the ground
An interview with Erica Wagner in The Times (London) 1998.

Seamus Heaney in conversation with Grigory Kruzhkov
An interview with a Russian scholar in 2004

Seamus Heaney praises Eminem
Irish poet comments on American rap artist.

Seamus Heaney: The 5-Minute Interview
The Independent, (London), Jun 3, 2005 by Matthew Beard.

Return of the Naturalist
Sam Leith of The Telegraph meets Seamus Heaney at home on the 40th anniversary of the publication of his first book.

Recent Radio Ulster Interview
Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Death of a Naturalist, Marie-Louise speaks to Seamus Heaney about his formative early years and the influence they had on this now famous debut collection. Heaney reads Digging and Mid-Term Break in the course of the interview.

Recent BBC Television Interview
In a HardTalk Extra interview screened on 5th May, Gavin Esler spoke to one of Ireland's most respected writers, the poet Seamus Heaney.


An early nature poem about digging into Ireland's soft wet earth and into her past.

A montage of archive clips of Seamus Heaney "Digging". From BBC NI's "Seamus Heaney: A life in Pictures" broadcast 15/04/09.

Blackberry Picking
Another early and popular poem read by the poet.

The Perch
A short poem read by the poet.

The Grauballe Man
One of the poems from North about the Bog People.

Seamus Heaney reading four poems
Mossbawn Sunlight; The Underground; Two Lorries; St Kevin and the Blackbird.

Click no 9 on the Norton Anthology of English Literature.

Seamus Heaney reads the third sonnet.

Seamus Heaney reads the fifth sonnet.

A Video Poetry Reading
Seamus Heaney at the Massachussets Institute of Technology in 2002.

Seamus Heaney on YouTube reading The Underground
Seamus Heaney reads his poem The Underground at his publishers Faber and Faber on the occasion of his seventieth birthday and Faber's eightieth.


Interactive Lessons
Three poems by Seamus Heaney on the Skoool site.

Mid-Term Break Quiz
A Scoilnet series of questions on the poem.

BBC Bitesize Revision Notes
Notes on three poems including "Digging".

A Close Reading of Seamus Heaney’s “Blackberry Picking”
Lessons on the poem from the ReadWriteThink site.

Lesson Plans for Mid-Term Break and Blackberry Picking
Found on the English Online site.

Seamus Heaney - study guide
Andrew Moore's teaching resource site.

Teachnet site
Notes on Heaney and the poem "The Early Purges".