Yeats Among Schoolchildren

Yeats Among Schoolchildren is one of the principal events taking place this year as part of Yeats2015. Primary school students from all over Ireland have been invited to submit an artwork based on their interpretation of a Yeats’ poem, and a book of the winning entries will be launched in celebration of the poet’s birthday on 13th June.

The aim of the competition is to honour the legacy of Ireland’s National Poet, WB Yeats by raising awareness among primary school children about the works of Yeats and their cultural and historical importance. Yeats Among Schoolchildren has been launched through the Teachers’ Education Centres in Ireland.

Yeats 2015 is a year long programme of arts and cultural events in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Yeats, the Nobel Prizewinning poet and one of Ireland’s official decade of commemorations events. This is the first time Ireland has honoured any one individual in this way.

The Yeats Among Schoolchildren competition invites children to draw, paint or write a poem based on one of WB Yeats’ poems. The book of the winning entries will be published by Yeats2015 in conjunction with Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership and the Association of Teachers’ Education Centres in Ireland. It will be launched at one of the key commemoration events around Yeats’ Birthday, June 13th and distributed to all primary schools and libraries nationwide. All primary schools will receive two free copies of the book.

Further Information is available from Sligo Education Centre.