Seamus Heaney’s popular and accessible translation of Beowulf was published years ago and was a best-seller. Now you can hear Heaney read his translation. He has a very pleasant, expressive voice that makes his translation come to life. Whether you count Beowulf among your favorites or are having a hard time getting into it, the readings will pull you in. They’re most excellent!
Here’s the first of two long videos from SkitlerRemix on YouTube:
These readings are not to be missed and are highly recommended for students of Beowulf.
BBC also produced numerous audiovisual tributes and news clips about Seamus Heaney. Unfortunately, many items in the list are not available for streaming, although the collection itself illustrates widespread recognition and high esteem for Seamus Heaney’s life and accomplishments.