Fergal worked with the production team on the scheduling and talent support in this broadcast as well as appearing on the programme. Recording of the broadcast took place at The Poetry House event on 28th August 2016 in and around Bellaghy and County Derry. This edition focused on Seamus Heaney’s links with the area and how the countryside and people of his native Bellaghy influenced his lifelong work. Producer Helen Lennard. Listen Here.
Complete logistical and talent support to the production team for their programme marking 50 years since Seamus Heaney published his first collection, Death of a Naturalist. Featuring interviews from Heaney’s childhood home of Bellaghy, and archive recordings of the poet reading his work. Poems include Digging, Mid Term Break and Blackberry Picking. Producer Sally Heaven.
This series exploring life in, on and around three of Northern Ireland’s major rivers included the River Bann. I worked with the production team and director/presenter Darryl Grimason on the programme, featuring the Eel Fishery at Toome, the Lough Neagh Weir and the poetry of Seamus Heaney’s ‘Lough Neagh Sequence’. The programme was first broadcast in October 2014 and repeated in June 2015 and January 2016. Producer John Deering.
Full logistical and talent support for BBC2 NI Irish Language Magazine, I Lár an Aonaigh in August 2016. The programme visited some of the places in the area that were important to Seamus Heaney in his life and works and interviewed local gaelic speakers who knew the poet. Yet to be broadcast. Producer Mairéad Ní Thréinir.
Fergal’s relationship with BBC Northern Ireland goes back to the early 1990s when he contributed regularly to radio features on the various events and festivals which he organised in and around Magherafelt. These were all live studio broadcasts which included the shows ‘Frankly Anne Marie’ (BBC Radio Foyle), ‘Arts Extra’ and ‘Your Place and Mine’.