Seamus Heaney to read at Clifden Community Arts Week

Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney will read as part of this year’s Clifden Arts Festival.

Heany will provide an intimate reading of his works on Friday September 18 in St Joseph’s Church, Clifden, as part of the 32nd Clifden Community Arts Week. Heaney is just one of the many talented and well known poets and authors set to captivate literary enthusiasts at this year’s festival, which takes place from September 17 to 27.

The festival’s John Moriarty Memorial Lecture will be given by Dr Gearoid Ó Tuathaigh, NUIG professor of history, in the Station House Theatre at 4pm on Saturday September 19. John Boyne, author of bestselling The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, will read with Claire Kilroy on Sunday September 20 in Station House Theatre at 8pm. Hon Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman will give a morning lecture on the work of legendary poet James Joyce at 11.30am on Wednesday September 19 in Station House Theatre. Also performing will be Michael Longely and Redmond O’Toole, who will present readings of their most popular poems and stories on Wednesday September 23 at 8pm in the Station House Theatre.

Three Galway based poets — Maureen Gallagher, whose poetry collection Calling the Tune has just been published, Patricia Burke Brogan with her new and selected poems Decollage, and Alan McMonagle with his recently released collection of short stories Liar, Liar — will enthral audiences with this unique and diverse collection of readings at 4.30pm on Thursday September 17 in Clifden Library.

For more information on the acts taking part in this year’s festival or to view a full schedule of performances visit


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