Poem of the Week S01 E37 : Digging by Seamus Heaney, read by ER Murray

One of Irealnd’s best love poems by one of its most famous poets. Digging was the very first poem featured in Heaney’s debut collection, Death of a Naturalist, and was extremely important for the poet. He said of Digging, “I now believe that the ‘Digging’ poem had for me the force of an initiation: the confidence I mentioned arose from a sense that perhaps I could do this poetry thing too…”. I was joined in studio by author of the award winning Nine Lives Trilogy, E.R. Murray, and she too had a deep personal connection to this one. 

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Poem of the Week invites you to listen to contributors recite some of their favorite poems and talk about what these poems mean to them. Presented by Morgan O’Reilly, this podcast series, originally broadcast on Near FM 2017/18, features some of Ireland’s most exciting new voices such as Jessica Traynor, Kate Dempsey, Kenneth Nolan and Alan Jude Moore alongside local people and community activists from the North Dublin area, this series offers a unique and diverse range of contributors.