Robert Lowell and Ireland: A Centenary Symposium

3-5 March 2017

Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute


Robert Lowell (1917-77) was a major American poet whose work continues to influence writers today. In the 1970s Lowell spent time living at Castletown House with his third wife, the writer Caroline Blackwood. During this time he was also friendly with a number of Irish poets, including Seamus Heaney. To celebrate Lowell’s connections with Castletown House and Ireland, a symposium will take place at the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts & Humanities Research Institute. The final day of the programme of events will bring together four contemporary Irish poets who will read from his work and their own: Gerald Dawe, Paul Muldoon, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin and Julie O’Callaghan.

The symposium is free and open to the public, but advance booking for the final reading at Castletown House is essential. More information about reserving your place can be found here.



This event is presented in partnership with the School of English and the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Trinity College Dublin, the Irish Association for American Studies, the OPW, and Poetry Ireland.