Prince Charles reads Seamus Heaney poem for National Poetry Day

The Prince of Wales meets Seamus Heaney in 2003. Picture by Alan Howard/Clarence House/Press Association
Kerri-Ann Roper, Press Association

THE Prince of Wales has recorded a reading of Seamus Heaney's poem The Shipping Forecast in celebration of National Poetry Day.

Charles's minute-long reading will be aired on BBC Radio 4's Today programme as part of a nationwide celebration of the literary event on Thursday.

The recording will also be featured at the newly-opened Seamus Heaney HomePlace centre in Northern Ireland, which showcases the late poet's life and work.

The theme of this year's National Poetry Day is Messages and the public are being encouraged to "say it with a poem".

The Royal Mail will postmark items for National Poetry Day and 40 local BBC radio stations will each broadcast a poem commissioned by a poet local to their area.

Listen to Prince Charles read the poem on Radio 4 this morning:


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