***Please note that due to popular demand the venue has been changed to Lecture Theatre 1, 502 Teaching Hub.***
The Inaugural Annual Seamus Heaney Lecture organised by the Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool, in association with The Estate of Seamus Heaney will be delivered by Professor Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, entitled ‘Airs and Graces’. The evening will include poetry recitals by accomplished Irish actor, director and screenwriter Adrian Dunbar, who is well known for his role as Superintendent Ted Hastings in the BBC1 Thriller Line of Duty.
Mr Adrian O’Neill, Ambassador of Ireland to the United Kingdom, and the Heaney Family will be in attendance.
Professor Richardson is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford and was previously Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St Andrews. A native of Ireland, she studied history in Trinity College, Dublin, before gaining her PhD at Harvard University where she spent twenty years on the faculty of the Harvard Government Department and latterly as Executive Dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the Academy of Social Sciences in the United Kingdom, an Honorary Member of the Royal Irish Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Adrian Dunbar is an Irish actor, screenwriter and director. He is well known for his role as Superintendent Ted Hastings in the BBC 1 Thriller Line of Duty, for which he received a BAFTA nomination. Adrian co-wrote (with Peter Chelsom) and starred in the 1991 film, Hear My Song, nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the BAFTA awards. He rewrote (with Brian Friel) and directed a critically acclaimed production of Philadelphia Here I Come!. As a theatre director Adrian has staged productions for the Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival.
Please note this event is now SOLD OUT. Please add your name to the guest list in case spaces become available.