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Seamus Heaney was born in 1939 in County Derry in Northern Ireland. He grew up in the country, on a farm, in touch with a traditional rural way of life, which he wrote about in his first book Death of a Naturalist (1966).

Seamus Heaney began to write in 1962, publishing first in Irish magazines. During the early and mid-sixties, he was connected with a group of writers in Belfast that included Derek Mahon, Michael Longley and James Simmons. Philip Hobsbaum ran a poetry group during these years and the poets met regularly at his house until he moved to Glasgow in 1966. After this, the meetings continued under Heaney's chairmanship until 1970, and in this later period were attended by younger poets such as Paul Muldoon, Frank Ormsby and Michael Foley.

Seamus Heaney has won numerous awards, including the Somerset Maugham Award (1968), the Denis Devlin Award (1973), the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize (1975), the American Irish Foundation Literary Award (1973) and the WHSmith Annual Award (1976). In 1987 he was awarded the Whitbread Poetry Award for The Haw Lantern.

In 1965 he married Marie Devlin and they have three children. He is currently the Ralph Waldo Emerson Poet-in-Residence at Harvard University where he goes to teach for 6 weeks every two years. From 1989 to 1994 Seamus Heaney was Professor of Poetry at Oxford University.

In October 1995, Seamus Heaney was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. He died in August 2013.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Seamus Heaney

Human Chain by Seamus Heaney
Human Chain
Seamus Heaney
Shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry 2010. The Poetry Book Society view... Human Chain is at once a gathering and a departure. What is being grasped – about connection, about separation – can be neither...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/06/2011
Human Chain by Seamus Heaney
Human Chain
Seamus Heaney
Shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry 2010. The Poetry Book Society view... Human Chain is at once a gathering and a departure. What is being grasped – about connection, about separation – can be...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/09/2010
District and Circle by Seamus Heaney
District and Circle
Seamus Heaney
Winner of the T S Eliot Poetry Prize 2006. Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2006.T S Eliot Judges' comment: “Seamus Heaney’s District and Circle is a commanding, exhilarating work. In an outstandingly strong field, this was an...
Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 05/10/2006
Death of a Naturalist by Seamus Heaney
Death of a Naturalist
Seamus Heaney
First published in 1966 this is the debut offering from Seamus Heaney which went on to win numerous awards. The talent was there to see from the start. Simple and observant these are a joy to read. March 2010...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/04/2006
New Selected Poems, 1966-87 by Seamus Heaney
New Selected Poems, 1966-87
Seamus Heaney
A 2011 World Book Night selection. An updated selection of all Heaney's books, up to and including The Haw Lantern, which was published in 1987. The book also includes selections from Stations, prose poems of 1975 which have...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/03/1990

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