Today is Seamus Heaney's 70th birthday and to mark the occasion RTE is broadcasting a number of programmes including the poet reading his collected works. Full details available on the RTE website here.
The reading by the poets of his eleven poetry collections is also available in a 15 CD box set. The box set offers over 12 hours of Heaney's poetry along with a 68-page essay on the poet's life and work by fellow Irish poet, Peter Sirr, accompanied by images of Heaney taken throughout his life. Price : Euro 74.95. The CD set will also be released on 1CD in MP3 format (RTÉ3MP3). A PDF of Peter Sirr's essay is available on the RTE website.
RTÉ One Television is showing a documentary on the poet at 10.15pm tomorrow Tuesday 14th April. It is entitled Seamus Heaney: Out of the Marvellous and is described as both intimate and all-embracing, a fresh and original look at the man and the artist. Directed by Charlie McCarthy. Produced by Clíona Ní Bhuachalla. An Icebox Films production for RTÉ.