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Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

A programme celebrating the centenary of Norman MacCaig's birth. Anecdotes, tributes and readings from friends and fellow poets - including Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney. Show more

Contributors

Participant:
Billy Connolly
Participant:
Aly Bain
Participant:
Seamus Heaney
Participant:
Jackie Kay
Participant:
Liz Lochhead
Producer:
Douglas Eadie

Book of the Week

Seamus Heaney - Beowulf

Episode 2

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 ExtraLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Beowulf arrives in the land of the Shieldings and explains his mission to Hrothgar, the Danish King. Poet Seamus Heaney reads his own translation of the great Anglo-Saxon poem. Show more

Book of the Week

Seamus Heaney - Beowulf

Episode 3

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 ExtraLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

The great warrior battles the evil demon Grendel. Poet Seamus Heaney reads his own translation of the great Anglo-Saxon poem. Show more

Book of the Week

Seamus Heaney - Beowulf

Episode 4

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 ExtraLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

The warrior celebrates his victory over the demon. Poet Seamus Heaney reads his own translation of the great Anglo-Saxon poem. Show more

Book of the Week

Seamus Heaney - Beowulf

Episode 5

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 ExtraLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

The warrior has to face a foe seeking revenge. Poet Seamus Heaney reads his own translation of the great Anglo-Saxon poem. Show more

Book of the Week

Seamus Heaney - Beowulf

Episode 6

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 ExtraLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

The warrior faces a terrible battle to the death. Poet Seamus Heaney continues his translation of the great Anglo-Saxon poem. Show more

Book of the Week

Seamus Heaney - Beowulf

Episode 7

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 ExtraLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

What will the warrior find when he returns home? Poet Seamus Heaney reads his own translation of the great Anglo-Saxon poem. Show more

Book of the Week

Seamus Heaney - Beowulf

Episode 8

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 ExtraLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Now much older, the warrior must face a dragon. Poet Seamus Heaney reads his own translation of the great Anglo-Saxon poem. Show more

Book of the Week

Seamus Heaney - Beowulf

Episode 9

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 ExtraLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

The warrior tries again to defeat the dragon. Poet Seamus Heaney reads his own translation of the great Anglo-Saxon poem. Show more

Book of the Week

Seamus Heaney - Beowulf

Episode 10

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 ExtraLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

After defeating the dragon, the warrior is buried. Poet Seamus Heaney reads his own translation of the great Anglo-Saxon poem. Show more

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland

Neil Oliver meets some of Ulster's most celebrated poets, including Seamus Heaney and Tom Paulin, to discuss the influence of Robert Burns on poets living and working today. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Neil Oliver
Participant:
Seamus Heaney
Participant:
Tom Paulin

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Seamus Heaney talks to Kirsty Wark about his lifelong passion for poetry, living through the Troubles in Northern Ireland and his fascination with the ancient past. Show more

Close Up

Ted Hughes: Force of Nature

Duration: 50 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Four

Documentary examining the career of the late Poet Laureate Ted Hughes through readings by the poet himself and interviews with friends and fellow poets. Show more

Contributors

Participant:
Ted Hughes
Participant:
Seamus Heaney
Participant:
Diana Rigg
Participant:
Tom Paulin
Participant:
Germaine Greer
Producer:
David Kerr

Book of the Week

Seamus Heaney - Beowulf

Episode 1

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 ExtraLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

A king is attacked by a demon. Can anyone help? Poet Seamus Heaney reads his own translation of the great Anglo-Saxon poem. Show more

Book of the Week

Seamus Heaney's Aeneid Book VI

Episode 2

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney's translation of Virgil's Aeneid, Book VI, in which Aeneas travels into the underworld to meet the spirit of his father. Read by Ian McKellen. Show more

Book of the Week

Seamus Heaney's Aeneid Book VI

Episode 1

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney's translation of Virgil's Aeneid, Book VI, in which Aeneas travels into the underworld to meet the spirit of his father. Read by Ian McKellen. Show more

Book of the Week

Seamus Heaney's Aeneid Book VI

Episode 3

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney's translation of Virgil's Aeneid, Book VI, in which Aeneas travels into the underworld to meet the spirit of his father. Read by Ian McKellen. Show more