Seamus Heaney (Novelist) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born
Seamus Heaney

Seamus Justin Heaney was an Irish poet, playwright and translator. He received the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature. Among his best-known works is Death of a Naturalist, his first major published volume. Heaney was recognised as one of the principal contributors to poetry during his lifetime. American poet Robert Lowell described him as “the most important Irish poet since Yeats”, and many others, including the academic John Sutherland, have said that he was “the greatest poet of our age”. Robert Pinsky has stated that “with his wonderful gift of eye and ear Heaney has the gift of the story-teller.” Upon his death in 2013, The Independent described him as “probably the best-known poet in the world”. He was born in the townland of Tamniaran between Castledawson and Toomebridge, Northern Ireland. His family moved to nearby Bellaghy when he was a boy. He became a lecturer at St. Joseph’s College in Belfast in the early 1960s, after attending Queen’s University and began to publish poetry.

Born: April 13, 1939, Tamniaran, near Castledawson, Northern Ireland
Died: August 30, 2013, Blackrock, Dublin, Ireland
Occupation: Poet, playwright, translator
Nationality: Irish
Alma mater: Queen’s University Belfast
Period: 1966–2013
Notable works: Death of a Naturalist (1966), North (1975), Field Work (1979), The Spirit Level (1996), ‘ (translation, 1999), District and Circle (2006), Human Chain (2010)
Notable awards: Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, 1968, E. M. Forster Award, 1975, Nobel Prize in Literature, 1995, Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres, 1996, Saoi of Aosdána, 1998, Golden Wreath of Poetry, 2001, T. S. Eliot Prize, 2006, The Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry Lifetime Recognition Award, 2012
Spouse: Marie Devlin (1965–2013)
Children: Michael, Christopher, Catherine Ann
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About Seamus Heaney

Northern Irish-born author and poet who won the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature. His best known works include Death of a Naturalist (1966), a modern translation of Beowulf (1999), and Field Work (1979).

Before Fame

He earned a scholarship to St. Columb’s College at the age of twelve, and he went on to study English at Queen’s University, Belfast. He published his first poems in 1962, at the age of twenty-three.


He published thirteen poetry collections between 1966 and 2010.

Family Life

He was one of nine children born to Patrick Heaney and Margaret Kathleen McCann. Later, he had two sons of his own with his wife, Marie Heaney.


He won the T.S. Eliot Award in 2006.

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  • Nobel laureates from Northern Ireland
  • Translators from Old English
  • Oxford Professors of Poetry
  • Struga Poetry Evenings Golden Wreath laureates
  • People educated at St Columb’s College
  • 21st-century writers from Northern Ireland
  • Formalist poets
  • Nobel laureates in Literature
  • Members of the Royal Irish Academy
  • Fellows of St John’s College, Oxford
  • Translators to English
  • Male writers from Northern Ireland
  • 21st-century translators
  • Commandeurs of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
  • 20th-century British dramatists and playwrights
  • Alumni of Queen’s University Belfast
  • 21st-century essayists

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