On 20th August 2015, the Irish community in London will gather at the London Irish Centre to celebrate the 150 birth anniversary of WB Yeats.
The event, organised by Orna Ross in partnership with the London Irish Centre will focus on the question of what it means to be Irish — especially when one lives away from Ireland, as did Yeats, a long-time Londoner.
More than any other writer, WB Yeats established the idea of Ireland as an internal, magical imaginative space, a refuge from the world and its cares:
Come away, O human child! To the waters and the wild, with a faery, hand in hand./For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand…
The event, featuring music and readings of favourite Yeats’s poems, will celebrate that concept.
Confirmed readers and musicians, all of whose work has been inspired by Yeats’s poetry, include:
- Damien Brennan, Immediate Past President of The Yeats Society — “Stolen Child” and “Fiddler of Dooney”
- Judith Cherniak, Founder of Poems on the Underground — “Crazy Jane” poems
- Aisling Fahy, Young Poet laureate to London — poem to be confirmed + own work
- Daniel Mulhall, Irish Ambassador to Great Britain — “Easter 1916″ and “Among School Children”
- Susan O’Keeffe, Irish Senator, chair Yeats2015, the year-long national and international celebration of WB Yeats: “The Indian to His Love”
- Christine Toibin, Musician: “When You Are Old” & “Wild Swans At Coole”
- Shevaun Wilder, Actor and Director. Film Poem “The Song of Wandering Aengus” featuring Michael Gambon
- WB Yeats Recording: The man himself, reciting “Inishfree”.
Courtesy of OrnaRoss.com