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Podcast: Seamus Heaney - The Cheltenham Lecture 'Learning From Eliot' at Cheltenham Literature Festival 1988

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To celebrate 70 years of bringing the world’s greatest writers and brightest minds to Cheltenham, we’ve scoured our incredible archive in search of some seminal moments. We’re bringing audio from past events to life to showcase the heritage and history of the Festival.

Irish poet and Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney is widely recognised as one of the major poets of the 20th-century, and was described by Richard Lowell as ‘the most important Irish poet since Yeats’. In this special recording at the 1988 Cheltenham Literature Festival, Seamus Heaney discussed the influence T.S. Eliot had on his writing in his Cheltenham Lecture ‘Learning From Eliot’. Introduced by Alan Hancox.

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