The Annual Seamus Heaney Memorial Lecture: Roy Foster, author of "On Seamus Heaney," in conversation with Barry McCrea


Location: University of Oxford, Room 7, Examination Schools, 75 - 81 High Street, Oxford


Roy Foster is former Carroll Professor of Irish History at the University of Oxford and an honorary fellow of Hertford College. For the Keough-Naughton Institute's Annual Seamus Heaney Memorial Lecture, held in 2021 in association with Hertford College, he will converse with Faculty Fellow Barry McCrea, Keough Family Chair of Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame, on themes in his recent book: On Seamus Heaney (Princeton University Press, 2020).

This is a hybrid event. The lecture will be livestreamed for audiences outside of Oxford, with registration via this Eventbrite link.

You may join the livestream without registration by accessing THIS LINK.


The Seamus Heaney Memorial Lecture is a signature event in the Keough-Naughton Institute's year. Seamus Heaney spoke twice on Notre Dame's campus, and this annual event honors his memory and his outstanding contributions to Irish and world literature.

The first Seamus Heaney Memorial Lecture was held in 2014 and featured Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and John Kelly. In subsequent years, the lecture has been given by Christopher Morash, Declan Kiberd, Ronan McDonald, Eve Patten, and Rosie Lavan.