The Irish Arts & Writers Festival is the place to be this October with talks from the likes of Paul Muldoon, Caitríona Perry and Fintan O'Toole. 

Fifteen Irish authors, artists, and poets will descend on the Bay Area for the third annual Irish Arts & Writers Festival this October.

The festival, which was nominated for IrishCentral’s Arts & Creativity Awards 2018, showcases the best in contemporary Irish arts & literature and takes place from October 12-14, 2018, in various locations around Los Gatos. 

Added satellite events will take place in Berkley and San Francisco on October 11 and in Oakland on October 15. 

Internationally acclaimed authors and poets, embracing an array of topics, include:

  • Paul Muldoon, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and former Poetry Editor at The New Yorker described as “the most significant English-language poet born since the Second World War” (Times Literary Supplement). In conversation with Dean Rader, University of San Francisco Department of English and Robert Tracy, UC Berkeley Professor Emeritus, with an introduction by poet, Tess Taylor.
  • Historian Christine Kinealy & Poet Nathan Richardson Frederick Douglass’s (…Time in Ireland)
  • A unique look at the Northern Ireland conflict through its music, Trouble  Songs, by Stuart Bailie, published this year, 20 years post Peace Agreement.
  • Poet Gerald Dawe’s essays on In Another World: Van Morrison & Belfast offers a personal response to the musician, and to Belfast, giving a unique perspective on the city’s ‘50s and ‘60s music scene. The event features a concert by Shana Morrison & Caledonia band.

Of the festival, Irish President Michael D. Higgins has said,  “Perhaps now, more than ever before, do we need this power of words and thought to help us reintegrate ourselves, our culture, our forms of life, on the world in which we live… there’s no better way to celebrate the relationship between our nations, whose histories are so closely intertwined, than with an Irish Writers' Festival in Los Gatos.”

You can find further information about the festival at irishartsfestival.com or by following them on Twitter here. 

Irish poet Paul Muldoon. Bryan Bedder/Getty Images