Place: Conant Science Building Auditorium
Cost: Free and open to the public
Mark your calendars now! On Sunday, April 13, Bridgewater State University will hold a celebration honoring the 75th birthday of renowned Nobel Prize winning Irish poet Seamus Heaney.
This past August 30th the world lost one of its greatest writers of the English language, poet Seamus Heaney. Claimed by many to have been the best Irish poet since W.B. Yeats, Heaney’s poetry gave voice to the everyday men and women of the world, and in particular Ireland. While spending a lot of his time in the Boston/Cambridge area, Heaney often went out of his way to do poetry readings and class visits at public institutions, making many trips to member schools of the Massachusetts State University system, including Bridgewater State. The friends made and experiences shared, which have largely been undocumented, are now of interest.
Please come and be part of this special day at Bridgewater State University on April 13. Speakers will include Pulitzer Prize winning author and columnist for the Boston Globe Kevin Cullen, author and Professor of English at UMass Boston Shaun O’Connell, former Boston fireman Robert Breen who had his friendship with Heaney immortalized in the poem Helmet, Irish harpist Mairead Doherty, former Boston State and Bridgewater State students, and others who shared a friendship with Heaney. Attendees will have the opportunity to share their stories of Heaney at this round table style event. Live readings of Heaney’s poetry will take place at interludes.
A reception will follow and will include live Irish music, Irish themed food and drinks, and an exhibit display of Heaney related items from Bridgewater State’s own Special Collections and items owned privately. Please come and help celebrate the far reach this great poet had on the region and the impact he had on those in the area fortunate enough to have known him.
For more information please contact Orson Kingsley, University Archivist and Special Collections Librarian.