Stepping Stones: Interviews with Seamus Heaney

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Stepping Stones: Interviews with Seamus Heaney is Dennis O'Driscoll's book-length portrait of Seamus Heaney, recipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature. It has been described as the nearest thing in existence to an autobiography of Heaney.[1]

O'Driscoll, who died on Christmas Eve 2012, was a poet, a friend of Heaney's and a student of his poetry.[2] The book is full of their conversations on poetry, life and so on.[3] It was first published in 2008 by Faber and Faber (ISBN 9780374269838).

The book also features a number of photographs published for the first time.[4] Extracts have been used during school examinations.[5]


  1. ^ "Stepping Stones: Interviews with Seamus Heaney". The Times. News Corporation. 14 November 2008. Retrieved 23 May 2010.
  2. ^ Eder, Richard (28 December 2008). "Interviews with Seamus Heaney offer a new vision of his life, work, beliefs, and doubts". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 28 December 2008.
  3. ^ Massie, Allan (2 January 2009). "Stepping Stones: Interviews with Seamus Heaney by Dennis O'Driscoll – review". The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 2 January 2009.
  4. ^ O'Driscoll, Dennis. "Stepping Stones; Interviews with Seamus Heaney". Charlie Byrne's.
  5. ^ "Relief main reaction as paper offers something to everyone". The Irish Times. Irish Times Trust. 10 June 2010. Retrieved 10 June 2010.

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