Seamus Heaney: Five Fables

Discover a classic of medieval literature in Seamus Heaney’s sparkling translation of five of the fables written by Robert Henryson, a 15th-century Scottish poet, one of the greatest of the late medieval Scots makars.


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Classic fables translated by Seamus Heaney

Read five classic fables, brought up to date by Nobel Prize-winner Seamus Heaney in this bright, modern translation that sheds new light on ancient stories.

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Narrated by Billy Connolly

Chosen specially by Seamus Heaney, the legendary comedian Billy Connolly brings a combination of high and popular art to the gorgeous animations originally broadcast on the BBC.

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Amazing reading experience

Read Seamus Heaney’s translation or Robert Henryson’s original Middle Scots and move seamlessly between the two versions. Explore detailed notes that illuminate the translation process and give context to the language.

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Experts to guide you through the text

Alongside contributions from Seamus Heaney and Billy Connolly, watch leading academics discuss and dissect the poetry.

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