Heaney translation to become TV event

By staff reporter

One of late Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney’s final works will feature as a key part of TV celebrations in the New Year.

A translation of the work of medieval Scots poet Robert Henryson, which he finished before he died in August, will make up the programme Five Fables.

Each story will be narrated by another famous Scotsman, Billy Connolly, with music from Camerata Ireland founder Barry Douglas.

Cutting-edge animation will be provided by Holywood, County Down-based Flickerpix which is part of the Waddell media group.

The project is just one that will feature in a series of celebrations next year to mark the 90th anniversary of the BBC in Northern Ireland.

Meanwhile, Seamus Heaney’s sister-in-law, writer Polly Devlin has expressed the family’s shock at his death, aged 74, in a piece for the Observer.

She said she was in Martha’s Vineyard, off the coast of Cape Cod when she got the news:

“Obviously it was a cosmic tragic mistake. His death caught all our hearts off guard and blew them open; we never knew how much we loved him or how much he had given us until he had gone.

“How did he do it? He carried our hopes and aspirations and our longings for a better and more truthful life and he carried them so lightly and with such grace.”

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