HRH Prince Charles ‘says it with a poem’


Hear HRH Prince Charles launch National Poetry Day with a reading of ‘The Shipping Forecast’ by Seamus Heaney


HRH The Prince of Wales celebrates National Poetry Day today with a reading of one of Seamus Heaney’s poems, ‘The Shipping Forecast’, on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. The recording has been specially created for Seamus Heaney HomePlace, a newly-opened centre in Northern Ireland which showcases the poet’s life and work in an interactive exhibition.

The Prince of Wales, a patron of the arts, is a great admirer of poetry, and in particular, of the work of the late poet and Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney. Having corresponded with Heaney, who was a guest speaker at The Prince’s Teaching Institute (PTI) Summer School for secondary school teachers, The Prince of Wales was delighted to make this personal selection from Heaney’s complete works. His recording of ‘The Shipping Forecast’ – a sonnet from the poet’s fifth collection, Field Work (1979) – will form part of the exhibition at HomePlace, which was opened by the Heaney family on 29 September 2016.

National Poetry Day, the annual mass celebration of poetry and all things poetical, will see a nationwide outbreak of verse today: from railway stations and pubs, from post offices to playgrounds, across the airwaves and the web, on big screens and little, the public response to the invitation to ‘say it with a poem’ has been overwhelming.

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