Irish Writers Festival | Los Gatos Presents

Seamus Heaney: The Berkeley Years

Thu Oct 5, 2017
Mantalvo Arts Center
1-3 PM
$15 - $20
Literary Arts, Literary Arts Lectures


We kick off this year's Irish Writers' Festival events at the beautiful Carriage House Theater at the Montalvo Arts Center, with a tribute to Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney, often referred to as the greatest Irish poet since W. B. Yeats.

Heaney, who passed away in 2013, spent time at UC Berkeley in the early 1970s, arriving from the Northern Irish conflict to be faced with a troubled UC campus stirred by anti-war protest.

Seamus Heaney’s son, journalist and broadcaster Michael Heaney, chats today with close family friend and UC Berkeley Professor Emeritus, Robert Tracy. Tracy offers insights into Heaney’s work and influences during this pivotal time of his career in the Bay Area.

Featured poet and Fulbright Scholar, Tess Taylor, recently returned from the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University, Belfast, leads visiting poets and writers with tributes and readings.

Meet, greet and mingle as we welcome to the festival 14 visiting Irish writers and artists.

Music by virtuoso violinist Colm O'Riain, and Irish traditional flute player, researcher and writer, Fintan Vallely.

Moderated by Conor Howard, Anna Livia Books

Event takes place at the Carriage House Theater



  1. Mantalvo Arts Center
    15400 Montalvo Rd, Saratoga, CA 95071, Saratoga, CA