“a miraculous return from the literary afterlife and a brilliant capstone to the imposing edifice of his writing”
The Irish Times
When the young Seamus Heaney was translating part of the Aeneid for A-Level his teacher, Father McGlinchey, wished aloud that it was Book VI. Nearly 50 years on, after a lifetime’s fascination with Virgil, Heaney finally turned to what he called ‘the best of books’. His translation of Book VI, which tells the heart-wrenching story of Aeneas’ journey into the underworld in search of his father, was the last achievement of his long and glittering career and, since its posthumous publication earlier this year, has met with universal acclaim. Now leading poets Michael Longley and Paula Meehan join actors Jane Brennan and Barry McGovern to read from this and other Heaney works in a very special event that brings the 2016 festival to a fitting close. The evening will be hosted by writer and broadcaster Vincent Woods.
Presented in association with Poetry Ireland.