Part of the 2017 Irish Writers Festival
Arriving from Northern Ireland in the 1970s at time of the Northern Irish conflict, the Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney was faced with a campus stirred by anti-war protest. Direct from Ireland as part of the Los Gatos Irish Writers Festival, Seamus Heaney’s son, journalist and broadcaster Michael Heaney, chats with close family friend and UC Berkeley Professor Emeritus Robert Tracy. The event features poet and Fulbright Scholar Tess Taylor, recently returned from the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University, Belfast. Visiting poets will offer tributes, sharing stories and insights into Heaney’s work and influences during his time in the Bay Area.
Music by virtuoso violinist Colm O'Riain and Irish traditional flute player, researcher, and writer Fintan Vallely.