Playing at a celebration of Séamus Heaney – ‘The Berkeley Years’
“We kick off this year’s Irish Writers’ Festival with a tribute to Seamus Heaney, the 1995 Nobel laureate in literature, who is often referred to as the greatest Irish poet since Yeats.
Heaney, who passed away in 2013, spent a considerable amount of time at UC Berkeley in the early 1970s, arriving from the Northern Irish conflict only to be faced with a troubled UC campus stirred by anti-war protest.
Joining us from Ireland this festival weekend is Seamus Heaney’s son, journalist and broadcaster Michael Heaney, who chats today with close family friend and UC Berkeley Professor Emeritus, Robert Tracy.
Featured poet and Fulbright Scholar, Tess Taylor, recently returned from the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University, Belfast, joins visiting poets and writers with tributes and readings, offering insights into Heaney’s work and influences during this pivotal time of his career in the Bay Area.
Music by virtuoso violinist Colm O’Riain, and Irish traditional flute player, researcher and writer, Fintan Vallely.
Moderated by Conor Howard, Anna Livia Books