Saturday, August 31, 2013

Friday, August 30, 2013

Seamus Heaney (1939 - 2013)

It is with great sorrow and sadness that I report the death of Seamus Heaney in Dublin. I offer my condolences to his wife Marie, and children, Christopher, Michael and Catherine Ann.

Seamus Justin Heaney, 13 April 1939 to 30 August 2013.  R.I.P.


"The spot is hallow'd where the good man dwells;

Though centuries have laps’d, his words and deeds 

for his remotest offspring still resound”  Goethe

Seamus Heaney was the ultimate poet to me; in his work, his life, his manner, his openness and accessibility. I thought of him as a friendly statue, solid, smiling as I resisted the urge to bow down in his presence. Meeting him at readings down the years he was always the same; kind, considerate, with time to talk and say hello.

Listening Back To Seamus Heaney  with Tom Ashbrook

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Rabindranath Tagore

Take a moment for  Rabindranath Tagore  who died on this day in 1941.

I have an old copy of his Fireflies from the turn of the century and he
 himself said;- 

"Fireflies had their origin in China and Japan where thoughts were very often claimed from me in my hand writing on fans and pieces of silk" 

“The shade of my tree is for passers-by, its fruit for the one for whom I wait.”

“You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.” Rabindranath Tagore