Seamus Heaney

And sometimes the internet brings sad news. The news of the death of Seamus Heaney is travelling around.

In the next few weeks I’m sure we’ll have some wonderful pieces written about this excellent man and wonderful poet. For now here are a few pieces that have been posted up on Twitter in the past hour or so.

Guardian announcement of Heaney’s death

NPR reporting and ‘The Railway Children’

Biography from the Poetry Foundation

Times article on Heaney (behind paywall)

Tribute from the Scottish Poetry Library

Belfast Telegraph article on Heaney’s death

BBC article on loss of an Irish poet

Heaney’s choice of poems to remember

The very-Septembery poem ‘Blackberry Picking’

The Bookseller with quotes from Faber and others

Heaney reading his work in 2010

Heaney’s Nobel Lecture from 1995 in the Independent 

And one of my favourite poems of his; ‘North’

And one of my favourite collections; ‘Seeing Things’

I’m very sad for his passing and hugely grateful for his gorgeous writing. Sincerest condolences to his family, friends and all whom he loved and who loved him.

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