Mourning a poet

Seamus Heaney obituary: Irish poet and Nobel laureate whose lines of love and loss took inspiration from his childhood in Derry.

Seamus Heaney’s books were events in our lives by Colm Toibin: In a time of burnings and bombings Heaney used poetry to offer an alternative world; he gave example by his seriousness, his honesty, his thoughtfulness, his generosity.

Seamus Heaney’s human touch by Tom Chivers: We have lost a writer who masterfully synthesised traditions – and was also a great ambassador for poetry as a craft of listening.