Upcoming Literary Events

Literary Events Archive

Ethel Rohan • Green Apple, SF Sep. 14th

Ethel Rohan (The Weight of Him, St. Martin’s Press 2017) is at Green Apple Books, 1231 9th Avenue, on Thursday, September 14 at 7:30pm. Ethel will be in conversation with Ben Loory to discuss his new, critically acclaimed book, Tales of Falling and Flying (Penguin Books). more

Eugene O’Neill Festival, Danville • September 2017

The 18th Annual Eugene O’Neill Festival takes place in Danville, CA, from September 1-30, and celebrates the Nobel-winning writer with events around town, and at the National Historic Site of Tao House – where O’Neill wrote his most celebrated plays.

This year celebrates the great tradition of Irish storytelling with powerful and playful productions of Eugene O’Neill’s A Touch of the Poet and John Millington Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World.

For more information visit The Eugene O’Neill Foundation website

ILHS Speaker Series • September 24

Gaelic Games and the Irish-American Experience in San Francisco

The ILHS presents “Gaelic Games and the Irish-American Experience in San Francisco” Sunday September 24th at 5pm The ILHS will host a lecture and panel discussion on the storied history and thriving Irish sport leagues of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), featuring San Francisco GAA Chairman Bertie Penny and scholar and league official Liam Reidy, with comments by the incoming Irish Consul General Robert O’Driscoll. The title of the program will be “Gaelic Games and the Irish-American Experience in San Francisco”.

The lecture will highlight the history and growth of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) in Ireland and the local Irish-American experience by the emigrants who have played Gaelic games in the San Francisco area since the Gold Rush. The sporting life and history of Irish emigrants who played Gaelic games locally down through the years is an aspect of local Irish history that has rarely garnered any serious study. For the most part is has been neglected when you compare it to essays on the political, social, economic, religious history of the Irish in the city. The lecture will focus on the organization of the GAA in Ireland and highlights of the evolution of the Gaelic games scene locally since the formation of the first hurling club in 1853, up to the present day.

GAA Exhibition – An exhibition of both new and old memorabilia, showcasing the large photographic collection in the local GAA archives will also take place on the night. In addition, medals and cups from various eras will also be on display, donated by many local Gaels.

This event is a rare and special opportunity to pay tribute to and honor the makers of local history in the GAA and their great contributions to the local community over many generations. All community members are welcomed and encouraged to attend this celebration of the GAA and local Irish sport.

Sunday September 24 @ 5pm at the United Irish Cultural Center, 45th Avenue and Sloat Blvd., San Francisco. The event is free for members and $5 for non-members. www.ilhssf.org

Evelyn Conlon • Berkeley, Sep 25

The diaspora, borders, and recalcitrant women and men are recurring themes in the work of Irish writer Evelyn Conlon. Her work “highlights the exceptional and unfathomable depths of what we nonchalantly dismiss as the normal, the everyday … Conlon emerges as champion of the individual, the Everyman and the Everywoman” (The Irish Times).

 Her novel A Glassful of Letters was hailed as “a brilliant epistolary work suffusing a portrait of modern Dublin with the subtle wit of Clarissa” (Kirkus Review, USA).

Evelyn’s most recent novel, Not the Same Sky (Wakefield Press) steps back in time to tell the stories of four young women who were among the orphaned Irish girls shipped to Australia following the Great Famine. An elegant and subtle novel, this is a powerful tale of memory and the ability of the mind to shut out the past. It uses a stark, poetic intensity, suffused with understated humour, to shape its characters’ human presence and historical importance.

On her way to the Los Gatos Irish Writers Festival, Evelyn Conlon will read a selection of her work at Spats, 1974 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA, 6pm. info






Irish Writers’ Festival, Los Gatos • October 5-8, 2017

The Los Gatos Irish Writers’ Festival, October 5th-8th, is a four-day festival featuring Irish writers, artists, and musicians. Full program here


Volunteers neededemail for information.


Eanlaí Cronin Workshops


Alameda-based Irish writer Eanlaí Cronin’s workshops are based on the Amherst Writers and Artists Method, which believes that every person is a writer, and every writer deserves a safe environment in which to experiment, learn, and develop craft. Each workshop drops writers easily and instantly into the core content asking to be written through them, whether it is poetry, fiction, memoir or journal and process writing. Participants write to carefully prepared prompts designed to prime the creative pump, read their work aloud (though not required), and give and receive positive feedback using a simple and skillful AWA format. Open to writers of all ability levels.

Workshops start every few months so email Eanlai at eanlaicronin@gmail.com for more information or to register for the nest session.

No previous writing experience is required. Just book your place in advance and take the Amherst Writers and Artists Method for a test drive.

“The time spent in Eanlai’s writing workshop has been a profound healing experience for me. Eanlai creates a space for creativity with the freedom to express yourself without inhibition.  The healing is not just from my own writing, but from hearing the words and wisdom of the other writers in the group.  It is mystical.” – Sharon Kuhn, Fremont, CA


Kevin Starr • 1940 – 2017

State historian Kevin Starr told many stories in his day – in a dozen books, as California state librarian emeritus, and as former professor at the University of Southern California. Among the tales of which he was most proud was his ancestry, as a fourth-generation San Franciscan who traces his roots to Ireland’s County Roscommon with the emigration of a grandfather in the 1850s. See full NYT obit

Tom Hayden • 1939 – 2016

Tom Hayden, who passed away October 23, 2016, was an iconic figure in America’s anti-war movement and a campaigner over many years for peace and justice in Northern Ireland. He led an extraordinary life of organizing, writing, and political reform. He put himself on the line during Mississippi Summer in 1964, was a principal opponent of the Vietnam War, a defendant in the Chicago Seven trial, and served nearly 20 years in the California legislature. He was the principal author in 1962 of the founding manifesto of Students for a Democratic Society. wiki

Eddie Stack • 1950-2016


Eddie Stack, admired writer, talented musician, beloved teacher at The Program in Celtic Studies at UC-Berkeley, and a friend to many, left us on July 4, 2016. Eddie was co-founder of the Celtic Festival that provided a vital cultural link for thousands of young Irish emigrants in the 1990s.

The Co. Clare native, trained as a civil engineer but is better known for his writing and for his work on documenting and promoting Irish culture and heritage. See full Irish Times obituary

Renee Gibbons • 1945-2015


Born in a Dublin tenement, she escaped to Paris when she was seventeen where she fell in with actors, writers and musicians. Restless and full of dreams she spent years working her way around the world. On a ship bound for Egypt with her year-old daughter Aisling she met and fell in love with a longshoreman from San Francisco, the city where she spent the rest of her life. Her memoir, ‘Longing for Elsewhere‘, explores the themes entangled in her journey: identity, adventure, creativity, the burden of history and the passion for justice.

Writer, singer and actress Renée Gibbons passed away December 20th, 2015 after a long battle with cancer. See obit here