Seamus Heaney was born in Northern Ireland in April, 1939. He studied English at Queen’s University, Belfast and subsequently became a lecturer at St. Joseph’s Teacher Training College. He published a collection of his poems – Death of a Naturalist –in 1966. This was followed at regular intervals by further collections, including Wintering Out (1972), North (1975), The Haw Lantern (1987), The Spirit Level (1996), District and Circle (2006) and Human Chain (2010). He is also the author of translations, Beowulf (1999). His many prizes and awards include the Eric Gregory Award, the Chalmondeley Award, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the E.M. Forster Award, the Irish PEN Award and the T.S. Eliot Prize. In 1995 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Heaney died on August 30, 2013 in Ireland.