Fosterage: Michael McLaverty, Literature and Influence
Start Date: 28 October 2017
End Date: 28 October 2017
Venue: Seamus Heaney HomePlace
Telephone: 028 7938 7444
Seamus Heaney worked with Michael McLaverty as a young teacher at St Thomas’ Secondary School in the early 1960s. Their relationship developed from that of colleagues to friends and McLaverty became a mentor to the young Heaney.
A gifted writer himself, McLaverty was one of Ireland’s greatest short story writers and is also famous for his novels, which include Call My Brother Back. In describing McLaverty’s writing, Heaney said, “his voice was modestly pitched, he never sought the limelight, yet for all that, his place in our literature is secure”.
This event will bring together John Killen, ex-librarian of the Linen Hall Library; Sophia Hillan, author and literary executor of the Michael McLaverty estate, and Michael’s daughters Maura Cregan and Sheila Cunningham, who will discuss his life, work and relationship with Heaney. The discussion will be chaired by Professor Iggy McGovern of Trinity College, Dublin, who was a close friend of Michael McLaverty.
The event, which will examine Michael’s work along with personal reminiscences on his life and relationship with Seamus Heaney, will be bookended by a reading of Heaney’s poem ‘An Evening at Killard’, performed by actor Vincent Higgins, and his ‘Tribute to Michael McLaverty’, originally delivered at the Michael McLaverty Colloquium in the Linen Hall Library in September 2004.